We go through a lot every day- our work, our studies, our everyday challenges: all of this can be categorized as stress! Your stress levels rise and fluctuate; did you know that the food you eat can actually influence them?
People often make a link about what we eat and our physical health, but it is not only limited to that. Well yes, foods influence your feelings. There are good foods and bad foods as well, so you must be careful about your diet.
Specific nutrients have a major impact on your hormones, blood sugar levels and neurotransmitters. And most of the time, they are within food groups that we (unknowingly) restrict from our diets. We lose weight, but at the same time we are influencing our ability to control our stress levels. Amazing, is it not?
You would have never guessed what the true effects of a shortage of carbs or fats could be? Here we go:
Low-Carb Can Make You Crazy
Carbohydrates are the body’s main fuel. They provide sugar, which is what keeps your brain going. When you do not ingest enough of it, you force your body to survive on ketones (the byproduct of your body breaking fat into fuel).
Humans do not run well on ketones, and this is the reason you may feel exhausted or have problems concentrating once you cut out carbs from your diet. A healthy eating habit always includes a bit of them during the breakfast to have the power to get throughout the day.
Low-Fat Could Make You Frantic
A low fat diet can be quite tolling on your mental health. When you limit it too much in your diet, your body goes crazy – fats are usually digested slowly, which allows your body to feel satisfied about its sugar levels.
Eating low fat foods (which are often high in sugar) can lead you to an emotional roller coaster of mood swings. You enter a vicious cycle of craving fats and not being able to obtain them; but do remember, not all fats are bad for you. Nuts and seeds also contain lower level fats, which are easy to burn but greatly improve your mood!
In conclusion, everything you eat during your diet must be taken in in moderation. Do not overdo it, and remember that fresh fruit and vegetables are the most healing foods only when integrated in a balanced eating plan. If you get sudden mood swings during your diet, it is a clear sign that it is not working correctly and that you should change it.
Diet and stress are often linked in each other, but once you fix the problem you can go on with your daily life. Use the health tips I gave you today to try and diagnose if you are truly experiencing problems with what you eat!