Can what you eat affect the way you feel? I think it can, our body’s are made up and fueled by the foods we eat. So in my opinion, eating healthier can help prevent mood swings and help you feel better throughout the day and possibly make you more calm and relaxed.
Many things cause high stress levels such as, hormone imbalances, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, smoking, drug use, alcohol consumption, and genetics says the Health Line website.
“The energy and nutrients you obtain from your diet are the raw materials your body needs to produce hormones and properly fuel your body. For example, many reproductive hormones are derived from cholesterol, which comes from foods like whole-fat dairy, eggs, butter, or meat”, said Doctor, Josh Axe. Josh Axe is a doctor of chiropractic, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
So far we have established that our body needs the proper nutrients to stay balanced and perform functions (like digesting food, etc.) at an efficient level not to drain our energy. Now the question is what is the diet of a typical high school student, and could it be improved to reduce stress levels, or are assignments and deadlines just to strict for students to handle?
From what I have observed in the classroom is that there are students who drink energy drinks and soda in class. Studies have found that artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, Red 40 and Yellow 5 (artificial dyes), many people reported mood swings and anxiety after ingesting these man made sweeteners, says Ian Landau, a reporter at the Today show. Also a consideration is if students are getting a nutritious breakfast or if they are skipping meals.
“Skipping meals causes a drop in the body’s blood sugar levels. If prolonged, this drop may lead to increased feelings of anxiety and irritability” says Ian Landau, writer at the Today show.
A 2009 study at Tufts University found a clear link between hydration and mood. The study showed that student athletes who were dehydrated felt confused, angry, tense and fatigued. Staying hydrated is essential to keep the body’s functions running smoothly, including speeding the healing process and removing toxins. Drinking water daily may be the best way to stay calm and stress free.
Negative thoughts. Many therapist say that consistent negative thinking really does have an impact on our well being and emotional state. Thoughts like “Why am I so dumb or “Why did I do that” and other negative self criticisms can wreck your emotional state and cause you to be anxious or worried. If this is a serious problem, you have with harmful self criticism it is recommended you talk to a therapist.
One big thing you can do to reduce stress is get in proper vitamins and minerals. B complex, C and E vitamins play important roles in nervous system function, and B vitamins particularly affect mood and metabolism. Magnesium is known to help relieve stress, there for a deficiency in this mineral may lead to irritability and apathy. Selenium, an antioxidant essential to the efficient function of neurotransmitters in the brain, helps control mood. According to a 2006 study, people with lower levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were also at increased risk of anxiety, says Ian Landau reporter at the Today show.
Another thing that helps me is exercise and after school activities I like, this helps me relax. After school sports and clubs may help take your mind off school work and help you relax. In addition exercise helps remove toxins from your body and that can also help reduce stress. Exercise can also help take your mind off stressful topics.
So overall I think a healthy lifestyle can change your mood and help reduce stress. Things such as positive thoughts and a balanced diets can go a long way in reducing stress. And if you are struggling with negative thoughts, I’d recommend talking to a school counselor. You may be living a stressful hectic life, but there is still lots you can do to reduce stress.