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Mood Swings or The Right Nutrition? Your Choice

by Flat Tummies |

Most of us experience mood swings, anger, anxiety and now some of us might be going tougher times. Well, we wanted to highlight the role of nutrition deficiencies in causing anxiety, depression and are keen to address ways to overcome such outcomes with a balanced diet.

While millions around the world understand the correlation between nutrition and physical well being, there are only a handful who understand the role of nutrition in emotional health.

Sugary foods can bring down immunity and emotional Balance

Tons of research has been made around depression which typically points towards biochemistry, DNA or being emotionally rooted. Whereas a seldom speak about food habits, nutrition absorption contributing to a healthy mind. Such food habits may include poor appetite, skipping meals, and a dominant craving for junk foods. Most mental disorders begin during youth but are detected for the first time in later life.

Many studies have reported that eating nutrient poor, foods high in sugar and saturated fatty acids such as soft drinks, confectionery items, and baked snacks during early life can cause behavioral and emotional problems in children, which has been linked to depression in adulthood.

When we take a close look at the diet of patients with emotional imbalance, an interesting observation is that their nutrition is inadequate. They make poor food choices and selecting foods that might actually contribute to depression.

Be aware of serotonin deficiency; it can lead to suicides too!

There are often two sides of depression: 1.feeling apathetic and unmotivated and feeling miserable. The most prevalent biochemical theory describing the cause of these feelings is a brain imbalance in two families of neurotransmitters — Serotonin, primarily influences mood and Dopamine, noradrenaline, and adrenaline, primarily influences motivation.

Deficiencies in neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) are often associated with depression.

Recent evidence suggests a link between low levels of serotonin and suicide. It is implicated that lower levels of this neurotransmitter can, in part, lead to an overall insensitivity to future consequences, triggering risky, impulsive, and aggressive behaviors which may culminate in suicide, the ultimate act of inwardly directed impulsive aggression.

Don’t become a prey to the KETO FAD! Carbs are key for emotional health

Consumption of diets low in carbohydrate tends to precipitate depression, since the production of brain chemicals serotonin and tryptophan that promote the feeling of wellbeing, is triggered by carbohydrate-rich foods. It is suggested that low glycemic index (GI) foods such as some fruits and vegetables, whole grains, etc. are more likely to provide a moderate but lasting effect on brain chemistry, mood, and energy level than the high GI foods — primarily sweets — that tend to provide immediate but temporary relief.

Protein intake and in turn the individual amino acids can affect brain functioning and mental health. Many of the neurotransmitters in the brain are made from amino acids. The neurotransmitter dopamine is made from the amino acid tyrosine and the neurotransmitter serotonin is made from the tryptophan. If there is a lack of any of these two amino acids, there will not be enough synthesis of the respective neurotransmitters, which is associated with low mood and aggression in the patients.

Research findings point out that an imbalance in the ratio of the Essential Fatty acids, namely the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and/or a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids, may be responsible for the heightened depressive symptoms.

Essential Vitamins cant be ignored

Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate is linked to depression. Deficiencies of folate, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and selenium tend to be more common among depressed than non-depressed persons. Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly being recognized as a common problem around the globe and may be implicated in depression, particularly if you feel worse in winter.

Malabsorption is a disorder that occurs when people are unable to absorb nutrients from their diets, such as carbohydrates, fats, minerals, proteins, or vitamins. Some commonly known disorders related to malabsorption are lactose intolerance, celiac disease, nutrient deficiency, and lack of nutrients in the body which can lead to depression.

Food discipline and Gut health are key

If our digestion or gut health is not good, we may not absorb nutrients well. Factors such as thoroughly chewing food, good levels of hydrochloric acid, good gut bacteria, and good cell integrity of the gut are important for nutrient absorption. There is a whole host of factors that can negatively affect our body’s digestion and nutritional absorption from foods, including gastrointestinal issues such as IBS and coeliac disease, as well as a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Stress and alcohol consumption can also play a part in digestion and nutrient absorption. Stress increases our nutrient requirements — particularly vitamin C, the B vitamins, and magnesium — which can lead to irritability and fatigue when these nutrients become depleted.

If you experience changes in your stool, digestion, energy levels, and the condition of your hair, skin, and nails, check in with a doctor to find out if you have any nutrient deficiencies.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known as a “Happy Hormone” 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive system. It influences how happy and relaxed you feel. If your digestive system is toxic and unhealthy, you’re not going to get adequate levels of serotonin.

Stress negatively affects digestions as well, the cortisol felt by the body during stress slows down digestion, and food is left in the system undigested.

A balanced diet is key which is the right amount of protein, vitamin, fiber, good fats, and probiotic. It is important to check deficiency, gut health, and absorption of nutrients in our body.

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With this belief of an all natural balanced nutrition, Flat Tummies offers a range of nutrient rich snacks that offers the exact nutrition as per recommended daily allowance. Moreover, these are sugar free, gluten free and source of nutrition is only from nuts, seeds and fresh fruits. For information on nutrition or for a free consultation, email: info@flattummies.in

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