Can Diet Affect your Mood?
This morning one of the main health news stories is about how following a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet can help manage certain mental health conditions. Here is some more information on the biological workings of how this happens.
Optimum Nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow - Linus Pauling
Research continually keeps showing the link between our diet and our overall health. Whether it is to feel more comfortable in our own skin or to prevent/manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. these conditions are all affected by what we eat. With so much media chaos out there it can sometimes prove difficult to differentiate between hype and fact.
What current research shows
Current research suggests that individuals following a well formulated low sugar, low starch, ketogenic diet not only helps to manage weight, but also helps manage our overall health. As for the news about this form of dieting helping to stabilise mood swings, this is a result from individuals experiencing less blood sugar spikes.
At the heart of a well formulated ketogenic diet such as beneficial fats (omega 3 & 6), protein, fruit and non-starchy vegetables, REAL FOOD; it all contributes to ensuring the body’s nutritional needs are wholly met. Our moods are directly linked to our gut flora, unfortunately this important link is not always recognised within mainstream care.
Natural Low Carb Store
The Natural Low Carb Store way of doing things is quite simple. We promote a low-sugar, low-starch, high-protein, moderate-fat ketogenic diet. Although we are in the same school of thought as Atkins, our approach to diet and lifestyle is different.
We embrace those carbohydrates that are based on dietary fibre rather than simple and/or complex carbohydrates. The difference between these carbohydrates is the way they are digested within the body. By choosing these vegetables and fruits, the essential micronutrient requirements are met whilst ensuring no blood sugar spikes in the progress.
The importance of fat in the diet is often taken for granted as fat has been on the receiving end of bad press for years. Fat needs to form part of a healthy diet as it is an important carrier of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Once fat is removed from the diet, deficiencies of these vitamins start to become apparent. Having said that, it is important to differentiate the good fats i.e. those found in full-fat dairy items full of essential micronutrients from bad-fats i.e. those found in deep-fried products, and mass-produced confectionary.
Protein in the diet is also critical as our bodies cannot store protein. Hence, we need a constant supply each day. Our bodies require protein to build muscle and repair any internal damage. A constant stream of amino acids, especially tryptophan, has been shown to help manage a variety of mental health conditions such as:
1. Helps to regulate mood swings [1-4]
2. Helps to manage premenstrual symptoms [5-7]
3. Helps to reduce anxiety and stress [8-10]
4. Helps to manage conditions such as depression [11-13]
5. Helps to improve sleep quality [14-16]
We at Natural Low Carb Store are happy to help. So if you have any further questions or would like to know if switching your diet may help then please do get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help.
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