Foods and Moods
Food is more than just the sustainer of life. It can also have a dramatic effect on our mood. Here are three ways in which food is connected to mood.
Refined foods can have dramatic effects on how we feel. White sugar, for example, can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar and boost our mood, but soon after blood sugar can drop accompanied by irritability, depression or fatigue. For some people this is becomes an emotional roller coaster ride. To rescue themselves from low blood sugar, they continually reach for another sugary snack.
Food can be used as emotional comfort – hence the term “comfort food.” A recent British survey found that about half of adults turn to food in times of boredom, insecurity, stress or loneliness. Unfortunately, comfort foods are often sugary or starchy, which provide only a temporary boost in mood followed by a rapid decline.
The third connection is less well known - allergies and sensitivities also seriously impact our mood. A misconception is that food allergies and sensitivities only affect the digestive tract. The nervous system is also susceptible, resulting in apathy, depression, irritability, hyperactivity or nervousness. Because these reactions can be delayed from a few hours up to 48 hours, it can be difficult to pinpoint the culprit food(s).
If you experience mood changes, check your intake of refined foods like sugar and white flour. Take note of emotional connections to food. And be sure to rule out sensitivities and allergies. A Health E Guide Nutritional Assessment can address your food and mood connection through analysis of diet, symptoms and sensitivity testing with the latest energetic evaluation device, the Meridian Stress Assessment System by BioMeridian.