Having Identified the foods that can and will improve your moods, help you sleep better and restore your emotional stability. We can move onto the Foods that will cause a bad mood, lethargy, anxiety and in some cases depression.
I won’t even talk about the fact that these foods are proven to be one of the causes of various auto-immune diseases – celiac, crohns, multiple sclerosis etc. They are also the main cause of diabetes, PCOS and now studies have shown that Alzheimer’s is also possibly, a type of diabetes (diabetes type 3).Bad Mood Foods
The following are my 4 bad mood foods. They will only make you feel better, more energised and help your mood swings disappear.
1 – Sugar
Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on earth, sugar guarantees sales of processed foods through its highly addictive effects added to most processed foods, including cereals, sauces, breads and even frozen savoury dinners. In the last 200 years sugar consumption has increased from approximately 3 teaspoons a day to about 40 per day now. With it we have seen a dramatic increase in a multitude of illnesses,
From cancer and heart disease to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression and a whole gamut of auto-immune conditions. Sugar in turn, rots your teeth, inflames your gut, causes fatty liver disease, and effects the balance of your neurotransmitters. Producing too much dopamine at the expense of serotonin.
2 – Gluten
Yes I know, you have heard it before. Gluten can irritate and inflame the lining of your gut, this can often prevent essential nutrients from being properly absorbed. This in itself can lead to various illnesses that are related to malnutrition.Gluten can often cause digestive distress and bowel problems. Various studies have supported the fact that in some people depression is a symptom of gluten intolerance and celiac disease. This has been reported in psychiatric journals from the 1970’s, showing great improvement in symptoms of patients with both depression and bipolar depression. Anxiety and a host of neurological problems have also been associated with gluten in recent times.
3 – Bad fats
Vegetable oils made from Corn, Canola, safflower, sunflower, peanut and cottonseed . These fats are unstable and oxidise very quickly. The reason they don’t smell rancid, is they have effectively been “deodorised” by high heat. Oxidation is a contributor of disease.
The main issue I have with vegetable oils is they are very high in Omega -6 fats. As we saw last week Omega 3 fats are crucial to our health, we need a little omega 6 to balance this out. Omega 6 is essential for blood clotting and producing inflammation which can be necessary as it can kill bacteria and viruses.
The problem is, when we consume too much Omega-6 it can cause too much inflammation and often inflames the brain which can interfere with neurotransmitter functions. Omega 6 is found everywhere not just in the seeds and nuts we used to eat. Fish, meat,eggs, chicken because all the animals are raised on grains high in omega 6 instead of what they normally eat such as grass and bugs. It can be tough to eradicate the use of these Omega-6 fats as they are added to almost all food including mayonnaise, prepared salad dressings( use oil oil and vinegar instead), in addition its used in chips and cereals and most fried foods. The more food you eat in a natural state the better….
Colours, preservatives, chemical additives. The effects of these have been studied many times, particularly their effects on children. They can cause irritability, destructibility and hyperactive behavior.
I have seen parents give their children sugar laden, colored sweets and then complain about their awful behavior. Many a book have been written about this.
Getting your diet on track can make the World of difference mood, energy levels, sleep and general well being.