What we eat affects our overall well-being, it’s something everybody knows. We know which foods are good or bad for our kidneys, heart and liver, but can our diet help us feel better, less stressed and depressed? According to both nutritionists and psychiatrists, there is indeed connection between food and mood. So, what eating habits can make us more energized and happier? On the other hand, what food choices can bring us down? Keep on reading to find out!
What to Avoid?
Before we focus on foods that may help you stop feeling blue, it’s of high importance to know what to avoid in your meals. Sugar and other refined carbohydrates are perhaps the first on the list when it comes to foods that can make you feel depressed, as shown in numerous studies. Because they cause spikes and drops in blood sugar levels, even if they are tasty (and they usually are), refined white starches and simple sugars won’t help your mood. Although you’ll get a burst of energy after eating a candy or white bread, soon enough you’ll feel cranky and tired. In addition to high sugar and gluten content, processed foods in general are rich in other ingredients associated with poor mood and irritability, such as trans-fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, etc.