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How Food Plays a Role in Mental Health

By November 20, 2017Mental Health, Nutrition
Mental Health

Can foods change my mood?

Mental health is not black and white, and everyone is completely different. What works for one person may not work for the next person, that is because we are all biochemically different. Mental health can be caused by many different things such as a traumatic event, hormones are not properly balanced, leaky gut, and what you eat.

How can food really affect our mental health? I have talked about serotonin in my other posts and how there are more of their receptors in your gut than in your brain. I also talked about the role of digestion and drinking with meals and what it can lead to. If you wish to read more about these topics click here.

Too Much of a good thing

Over consuming foods that are good for us can cause harm. Having a high diet in meat consumption for some people can actually cause their symptoms to be much worse eg. Bipolar. Meat can cause the body to be in a high acid state. If you are not balanced it can cause inflammation, joint pain, leaching from the bones, leaky gut, and more. Proteins need very specific nutrients to be utilized to their fullest potential.

A high consumption of one food can actually cause allergy-like symptoms in the body. Rotating and eating with the season is key, as our bodies were not designed to eat the same food day in and day out. Also, leaky gut can cause the proteins from the foods can leach into our bloodstream, causing irritation, inflammation, and allergy-like symptoms.

What to focus on

Some foods that are key to mental health are foods that are rich in your B-vitamins. Such as dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, brown rice, legumes, and of course animal meat. (Fed their proper nutrients whether it would be grass fed, free range, or wild.) B-vitamins are needed to convert the protein’s amino acids into their usable forms such as serotonin.

Talking about all these yummy foods I want to point out if you have hormone imbalances, even if it is subclinical such as your thyroid that some foods could make the imbalance worse. The Dr will often test your thyroid when dealing with mental health as there is a common link. If you have an imbalance with your thyroid you will want to avoid cruciferous vegetables (Unless cooked). Stay tuned for future posts on Thyroid and mental health.

Lastly, I want to quickly mention, again, this will be another post topic, however, you will want to ensure that you are taking care of your liver. This means eating organic when possible following the dirty dozen/ clean 15 list, filtered water, and watching your exposure to synthetics and chemicals. These will all put a burden on your liver, which is an organ that helps with regulating your hormones.

This all can seem overwhelming, and make you feel like where on earth do I start? That is where I can help! I have programs that can help determine what your body needs individually and will help me make a fully customized plan for you. If this is something that you are ready for, message me for your FREE Consultation. 

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