By Jess Ainscough (MindBodyGreen.com)
Did you know that the foods and drinks you put in your mouth have a lot to do with how moody, bitchy, tired, emotional or psychotic you feel? This is a good thing! Not only does it mean that you aren’t really Cruella De Vil’s long-lost sibling, but that you can start to balance your moods just by paying attention to what is on your plate.
Here are five ways food can mess with your moods.
1. Adrenal fatigue
This one has to do with more than what you eat, as stress is a major player when it comes to grinding on your adrenals. But eating a poor quality diet makes you much more susceptible to adrenal fatigue. The finger can mainly be pointed at drinking lots of coffee, eating refined sugars (white sugar) and refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice, cakes etc.) and eating meal after meal of processed, chemical-laden “food like substances”. Your adrenal glands are super important for a healthy immune system. They are necessary for proper thyroid function, balancing your hormones, maintaining your ideal weight, stabilizing your emotions, kick starting your libido, controlling your cravings and much more. They are pretty much the regulators of your body, and sorting them out may be the key to solving many of your unexplained health challenges.
2. Hormonal imbalance
This one is similar to adrenal fatigue, but hormonal imbalance can also be caused by a toxic liver, poor digestion, insulin resistance, hidden inflammation, and vitamin, mineral, protein and fatty acid deficiencies. Just think. Sort all of these areas out and it could mean the end of PMS. And yes, guys do have their very own version of this monthly treat.
3. Poor gut health
It’s said that the gut is like our second brain. A complex, independent nervous system lines the gastrointestinal tract that is often overlooked, but could have a lot to answer for when it comes to our moods. Especially when you consider that pretty much all of our nutrients are absorbed by our bodies through our intestinal tract. So, if your gut health is compromised by an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, and your digestive tract isn’t working at it’s optimum, it makes total sense that our moods would be one of the symptoms.
4. Lack of living food
Food carries energy, and that energy is then passed onto our bodies when we eat particular foods. There is a big difference between eating a meal of fresh, organic plants and whole grains to eating a plate full of dead, processed and chemicalized food. The latter is going to do nothing for your body besides contribute to toxicity and deficiency, while the former will contribute to health and vitality. This is where the saying, ‘You are what you eat’ really rings true. Eating locally is also a good practice, because this ensures that the field to fork time is much lower and your food is vibrating at a higher energy frequency.
5. Eating out of season
Eating with the seasons is also important when it comes to balancing your body’s energy and moods. There is a reason why we crave warm, hearty foods in winter and more light, cool foods in summer. Our bodies are a part of nature, and they evolve with the natural laws of the environment. Eat more cooling fruits and lighter greens in summer, when they are in season, and heartier veggies like carrots and squashes in winter to add warmth to your body.
If you think it sounds like it’s going to take a lot of work to get all of this in check, think again. There is one main solution to solving each of these issues, and that is to stick to eating a predominantly plant-based whole foods diet. Get stuck intoorganic fruits, green leafy vegetables, sweet vegetables, root vegetables and whole grains, and indulge in natural sweeteners. Depending on how well it functions, your body may also do well with the inclusion of organic apple cider vinegar, and supplements like probiotics and digestive enzymes. It’s also a great idea to have your hormones checked, via a saliva test, to make sure everything is working well.