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Mood swings? Blame your diet

health and fitness Updated: May 01, 2012 10:15 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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On some days, our spirits are high, and on others, we feel low. Our mood changes everyday. However, when mood swings happen too often, disrupting our day-to-day activities, it’s time to find out the reasons.

Ask yourself
Mood swings may result in changes in a person’s energy level, sleep patterns, self- esteem, concentration, and even sex drive — leading to irritability and depression.

Doctors say that the best way to tackle this is by asking yourself ‘why’ before acting upon your emotions. This question forces your brain to reason out the problem rather than getting resentful about something. “Be aware of the kind of situations and thoughts that affect your mood negatively and train your mind to overcome them,” says clinical psychologist, Shilpi Ashta of Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute. “Sometimes, relaxation exercises help overcome mood swings,” she adds.

Diet matters

Often, a high sugar diet or simple carbohydrates could be the reason for an irritable mind. “Switch to a low GI (Glycemic Index) diet, with lean proteins and complex carbohydrates, as they contain mood-levelling nutrients. Soy products help raise energy levels, salmon elevates mood and whole grains are a valuable source of complex carbohydrates that provide energy,” says Dr Nidhi Sarin, clinical nutritionist, Fortis La Femme.

“Calcium also reduces occurrences of mood swings when they are a result of pre-menstrual syndrome. Leafy greens have vitamin B, which produce neurotransmitters like serotonin in your brain, that are responsible for alleviating stress levels and can have a big effect on your mood,” she adds.

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