Scott, a 49-year-old man living a typical busy life, was relying on medications to get through his day. He would wake up feeling groggy and lethargic and would be falling asleep at his desk daily; he took that simply as a sign that it was time for more coffee. He went through the day feeling sluggish and had constant mood swings that were affecting both his relationships and his work. He was experiencing sore and achy joints and had horrible acid reflux that was so bad it was affecting his sleep; he was on high doses of Nexium as well as blood pressure medication.
Inflammation – it’s the starting point for so many life-altering conditions and diseases. It’s also avoidable, yet every day millions of Americans prime themselves for health disasters – like cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many auto-immune diseases– by making choices that unwittingly promote chronic inflammation.
We all have our ups and downs, but if you’re feeling anxious, depressed or lethargic and can’t seem to shake it, your diet may be to blame. Have you ever heard that the gut is considered the 2nd brain? Gut health is a major factor in feeling happy, so food and mood are very intimately linked. There are certain foods that could be contributing to your mood swings more than others — a diet high in processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and chemicals has been shown to have a significant impact on mental health.
Here are 5 culprits that may be zapping your vitality and leading to major mood swings.
“I’ll have the egg white omelet, please.”
Since the 1950’s, we’ve been told that eating fat makes you fat and that avoiding traditional fats (i.e. butter, animal meats, lard, eggs) in lieu of industrialized, man-made fat substitutes is highly recommended. Why did we agree to disavow several millennia of instinctive eating in favor of a high carb and sugar diet, deficient in this staple? It started with a misinterpretation of a manipulated study.