Fixing Neurotransmitters With a Healthy DietArtesian
Diet is very important to maintaining healthy neurotransmitter levels, which must be balanced so you can function properly. Imbalanced neurotransmitters can throw off things like your metabolism, self-esteem, and how well we feel in general. Fixing neurotransmitters with a healthy diet can easily be done and maintained in anyone’s lifestyle.
Fixing Neurotransmitters With a Healthy Diet
Incorporating “brain foods” into your daily diet is very important to neurotransmitter levels. Without the right amount of neurotransmitters, you could end up feeling anxious, stressed, weepy, depressed, tired, overwhelmed, burned out, and emotionally drained. You might also crave foods that you know are bad for you. Serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, GABA and endorphins can all be repaired with a healthy diet.
Here’s what you should do:
Eat plenty of protein
Protein is a source of amino acids so make sure you incorporate it into each of your meals. By bringing in protein, it can help you be more easy-going, optimistic and enthusiastic. Animal products are the best source of protein, as they provide the most protein.
Vegetables help make the “happy” chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins in your brain. For this reason, it’s important to try to eat veggies of many different colors each day.
Eat good fats
Saturated fats and Omega 3 fatty acids are considered good fats. Why? Saturated fats are stable and burn at a steady pace, which is good for your brain and heart. Some great saturated fats to use while cooking are coconut oil, butter, and extra virgin olive oil. Great Omega 3 fatty acids include avocados, nuts, seeds and coconut milk.
Get 8 hours of sleep
True, this one isn’t necessarily a “diet,” but it can have an impact on your body’s daily functions. While you sleep, your body and brain regenerate. Anything less than 6 hours of sleep will interfere with blood flow to the brain resulting in irritability, low cognitive function, weight gain, poor vision and memory, and a low sex drive. Not getting enough sleep can also make you more susceptible to illnesses.
Here’s what you shouldn’t do:
Skip meals – especially breakfast
You know how people always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, they’re not kidding. Breakfast is what puts the initial energy into your body so you can start the day. Plus, not eating anything is actually worse than eating junk food. By not eating, you’re limiting how many calories your body will take in for the day, and your brain needs the vitamins and minerals that come from those calories.
Sugar triggers a stress response that releases adrenaline, cortisol, and insulin. This sends your body into emergency mode as they convert to glucose quickly. After it has been processed, sugar contains little nutritional benefit. It erodes the brain’s ability to produce neurotransmitters on a consistent basis. Sugar temporarily forces the release of serotonin and endorphin, which disrupts long-term production.
Caffeine forces the release of stimulating brain chemicals like adrenaline and dopamine. Just like with a stimulant drug, the more of these chemicals you release, the less you have when you actually need them. Caffeine also erodes your levels of Vitamins B and C, calcium, and zinc. A decrease in these can weaken your heart, liver, and kidney. On top of that, it makes you irritated, moody, angry, and restless.
Everything sugar does, alcohol does faster. It contains more calories per gram so it gets into your bloodstream faster. Because of this, many alcoholics suffer from drops in blood sugar levels, giving them a short fuse and making them irritable and angry. Ultimately, alcohol hurts your mood and the production of protective “mood” chemicals in your brain.
Fixing neurotransmitters with a healthy diet is a simple and effective way to maintain excellent brain health. Your brain need just as much love as your body, and a healthy diet can take care of both. If you have any questions, please call us today at 855.981.2020.
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