Unstable blood sugar levels are a common cause of poor mood. Sweet desserts and refined carbohydrates cause sharp fluctuations in blood glucose levels, which are marked by irritability, forgetfulness and digestive problems.
Nutritional imbalances and deficiencies interfere with proper brain function and hormone levels, causing poor concentration, feelings of guilt, lack of energy and other symptoms of depression. One study of nearly 4,000 people found that those who ate a lot of processed foods were 58% more likely to be depressed, while those who at more whole foods were 26% less likely to be depressed.
If you want to enjoy the holidays to the max, eat for nutritional quality. Choose fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and organic whole foods that are dense in nutrients and will not spike your blood sugar. And get off the couch. Regular exercise plays a key role in stabilizing blood sugar.
Supplementation can also helps fight symptoms of depression when certain nutrients are otherwise difficult to obtain from dietary sources. Omega 3 fatty acids, for instance, have been shown to help the function of the brain’s neurotransmitters and increase production of serotonin. The human body cannot produce omega 3s.
Often, drugs prescribed to treat depression are designed to increase the level of serotonin produced by the brain. These medications often carry dangerous side effects. Omega 3 supplementation, on the other hand, has been shown to reduce depression symptoms by as much as 53% without side effects.
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