I just finished reading an awesome book by Julia Ross called The Mood Cure. I wanted to share some insights with you!
While there is a time and place for many psychotropic drugs (anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, or other mood or behavior altering medications), oftentimes the problem lies within neurotransmitter imbalance in the brain and ultimately, unmet nutritional needs!
While there can be real emotions vs. false moods, and everything in between, positive diet and lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on our mood and our ability to handle life's stresses and tragedies. Here are a few of the most important points that I took away:
* Eat PROTEIN. This is Ross's BIGGEST point of the book. I repeat- eat protein! All of our neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, GABA, etc) are dependent upon amino acids for production. Amino acids come from plenty of healthy proteins! Fish, beef, lamb, turkey, etc. About 15-20 grams per meal, or the size of your open palm, 3 times a day. Yes, this is about 60 grams of protein per day, at minimum.
*Eat high quality, healthy fats. "Fats are bad" is long outdated. Healthy, fresh, unprocessed fats such as olive oil, butter, coconut oil, and others are great.
*Let your carbohydrate sources be mostly vegetables, and some fruits.
*Reduce your stress load and rehabilitate your adrenals/thyroid and overall hormonal balance. This means reducing dietary stressors such as wheat, corn, dairy, soy, and sugar, food additives, and artificial sweeteners. Reduce your chemical load! And see your Chiropractic Applied Kinesiologist to work on rehabbing the endocrine system both with treatments in the office and supplemental support.
*Adjust to a healthy sleep schedule. Go to sleep in total darkness (block out all light) shortly after the sun goes down (9-10pm ideal) and wake with the rising of the sun. Avoid TV, computer, phone, and other artificial light and screens at least an hour before bed. Do this, and your life will begin to change.
*Exercise aerobically, a light jog, a few times a week to help keep blood sugar balance. And AVOID SUGAR! Sugar=evil.
*Meditate! Take a few minutes a day at the least to be quiet and still in meditation. If you don't know how to meditate, there are numerous guided meditations on YouTube (I know, I use them myself and often will post them to my Twitter page! Check out @synergychiros to see!
Thanks for reading!