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Millions of people around the world suffer from Depression today. I am not talking about the natural anxious feeling that we face in our daily lives. I am talking about the hopelessness, ongoing sadness and grief that is unbearable and difficult to come out. The sense of not belonging anywhere, loneliness and irritability.

For years I was told I was a negative and cranky person. It hurts, but looking back, I know they were true. Back then, I felt everything and everyone was wrong. I felt unhappy.

This post is not meant to invalidate or make light of anyone going through a painful time with Anxiety or Depression.  This post is for those who never realised that there could be a link between Food and Mood.

Keeping in mind that different therapy works for different people and always seek medical help first before you make any drastic change to your diet.

In saying that, As a Health Coach and through my personal story, I have seen many people find relief from changes in their diet and healing their gut. I hope that this article will bring some comfort to those in need.


Refined sugars are anti-nutrients, that means they steal or deplete the body of valuable nutrients; they also cause your body to be on a blood sugar roller coaster which can cause mood swings, weight issues and many more serious hormonal disturbance.


Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands which send the body’s fight or flight mechanisms into action. That can debilitate the adrenal glands, causing the endocrine system to become exhausted. When your endocrine system is exhausted, it ‘s hard for it to handle stress. Feelings of being overwhelmed will come quickly, and loud noises will put a person over the edge who has exhausted adrenals.


Carbs that are processed such as Bread and pasta, can all be sources of refined flours and wheat products. Most of us who struggle with depression also struggle from a dysbiosis of the gut. Once the gut is inflamed the digestive tract is not able to absorb essential nutrients to keep the body properly balanced. People with a gluten intolerance have insufficient levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical needed in the body to reduced anxiety and depression.


Hydrogenated fat can cause inflammation in the body. Hydrogenated oils are processed oils that are used by manufacturers to extend the shelf life of products.  It can also cause brain fog and severe moodiness.


Monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG, is usually used in packaged foods to intensify flavour and prolong shelf life. Many products like chips, soups and frozen meals contain MSG. Consuming even small amounts of this ingredient can lead to light-headedness, nausea, feelings of anxiety and weakness.

These 5 Foods are just the common culprits, there can be more food responsible for irritating your gut.  For that, you need further help.  Inflammation of the gut can begin the process of throwing off hormones and chemistry of the brain. Nutritional Practitioners believe that there’s no one size fit all prescription to Health, but there is a few common food that contributes to various health issues.

Going through mood swings, low energy or brain fog?  It’s time you look into your diet and eliminate some of those foods.  No Panic! Help is here!   Book a private consultation with me.


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