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Top Superfoods To Deal With Moodswings

Top Superfoods To Deal With Moodswings

Unfortunately mood swings affect a lot of people. Life is emotional, times are circumstantial and things come up! There is plenty we can do for mood swings to help out (meditation, prayer, exercise, etc), but what about superfoods? Is there anything that helps with that?

Certainly, there is.

In this article we are going to cover:

1. Symptoms of mood swings
2. What causes mood swings
3. What superfoods work for mood swings

Symptoms of mood swings

Mood swings are generally characterized as rapid or intensely quick (or fluctuating) changes in emotion.

To some this symptom list is fairly obvious, to others it is not. Here is a general list. Note: This may not be everything, but it covers a lot.

- Anxiety
-Changes in one’s personality
-Changes in one’s behaviors
-Confusion or often forgetting things
-Difficulting concentrating
-Difficulting with memory or comprehension
-Sudden excess alcohol or drug consumption
-Sudden big drops in mood
-Rapid speed, or racing thoughts
-Withdrawal from social interaction
-Trouble with sleep

Note that not all of these necessarily mean a mood swing, but they are often characteristics and certainly something to pay attention to the more it happens or the more intense the episode is.

What causes mood swings?

The cause is important to figure out so you can get to the root of it and better get a hold on it.

We should note that nearly everyone experiences mood swings periodically. But when they become intense, or so frequent that they disrupt your quality of life or those around you, then that’s a sign of an underlying condition that needs help and paying attention to. You’ll need to do big work on this, and superfoods won’t be the only answer.

Internal changes that happen within our lives can of course impact our mood, but it is also the circumstantial life happening around us. Increased stress at work, in relationships, at school, with family or friends… This can be a reason at play.

One thing that can cause mood swings is big changes on a hormonal level. This particularly in regards to estrogen. Of course, fluctuations in hormones are normal and happen to many, but they can impact mood. Periods aka the menstrual cycle is one in particular that really can impact one’s mood. Also pregnancy and menopause.

Emotional shifts can also be caused by illness or injury. Chronic disease, injuries… These can impact the brain. Neurological conditions especially can be a culprit for mood swings.

Medications can also be a big cause of mood swings. So can allergies, as the constant sneezing and watery eyes can make one fall victim to fatigue.

Starting or stopping medications that deal with neurotransmitters can also affect mood as well as things like anxiety and depression.

Everyone is different and the root causes should always be looked at first.

Which superfoods work for mood swings?

This is a list we can get behind! Of course, there are many foods, but here are five you can pay attention to today.

1. Maca

Maca is a cruciferous vegetable from the Andes of Peru. Our whole team takes maca every single day and we love the way it makes us feel.

Maca is wonderful for those who experience mood swings because that in and of itself can fatigue you, and Maca is great for bumping up stamina, both mentally and physically.

Maca has always been shown to bring up low mood. The plant contains plant compounds that are called Flavonoids and these have been suggested to be partly responsible for psychological benefits we get when we consume maca.

Maca can also increase brain function, which is great for those who deal with mood swings.

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2. Fermented foods

This is something you can get from kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. Fermented foods are wonderful because they are so good for the gut. The gut brain axis is very real. Oftentimes when people are experiencing severe gut issues, they also experience big mood changes.

The latter is also true, when someone starts cleaning up their gut and fueling it, their mood also starts to improve.

Gut health impacts brain health and thus, can impact mood swings. Probiotics (which you get from fermented foods) support the growth of healthy gut bacteria and can increase serotonin levels.

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These live microorganisms support the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut and may increase serotonin levels

3. Seeds

Seeds are so great for the brain and body. They are plant-based protein, healthy fats, and also fiber! 

Seeds provide something called tryptophan. This is an amino acid that has the main job of producing the happy hormone, serotonin.

A great seed to eat, which also helps stabilize blood sugar (another great mood booster) is chia seeds! And what you can do with chia seeds is endless as it’s such a subtle, pleasant flavor.

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4. Lentils & Beans

Lentils and beans are great for mood swings because, being high in protein, can help with a nice dopamine boost.

They are also great sources of B vitamins, which directly impact mood by increasing levels of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, dopamine (like we mentioned!), serotonin and GABA. These all help regulate mood.

B Vitamins also play a big role in nerve signaling, which allows our nerve cells proper communication. When we have low levels of these vitamins, we are more prone to mood disorders. So eat up!

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5. Cacao

Cacao is the ultimate mood booster! It may even help with age-related decline. Cacao has been tied to improving mood for thousands of years.

Scientists argue that it's due to the flavanols, it's ability to help produce serotonin (a natural mood stabilizer), and simply... The notion that cacao is a sensory experience, and eating it and smelling it is incredibly pleasing. There is a lot to be said about the correlation between cacao and cognitive function.

There was even a study that involved pregnant women consuming chocolate. The findings were that women who increased the amount of cacao in their diet showed having babies that had a more positive temperament.

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