What Foods may Increase Irritability or Anger?
Did you know certain foods can increase anxiety, irritability, and anger? What if changing your diet could help melt away these unpleasant emotions? You require a myriad of nutrients in the right amounts for your brain and moods to function harmoniously. Those blends of natural nutrients are critical and readily available when you eat a diet rich in whole foods such as leafy greens, raw veggies, nuts/seeds, legumes, and most foods that do not come in wrappers or boxes!
Problem foods include fast foods, highly processed or refined foods, white flour and white sugar. Eating these foods daily can trigger dramatic shifts in blood sugar, which impacts moods, and can even lead to dysglycemia (blood sugar imbalances) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Hypoglycemia and blood sugar issues have been linked to anxiety, increased irritability, aggression, alcoholism, violence, and even mental illness.
When foods are highly processed or refined, scores of nutrients are commonly removed – and yet only a small percentage or so are put back via ‘enriching.’ That's like borrowing $1000, but only giving back $100. Part of the critical nutrients that vanish are critical micro-nutrients essential for proper brain, emotion and organ function. The enriched nutrients put back into processed foods are also typically synthetic and made in a lab instead of naturally occurring.
Let’s take a look at how critically ONE vitamin can affect you to help you understand this impact fully - again, remember that not just one but scores of nutrients often disappear in the processing of foods:
In the book FOOD & Behavior by Dr. Barbara Reed Stitt, she references a 1994 article by Dr. Bruce West published in Health Alert talking about “Violence in America” and how “what we consume can easily induce violent and irrational behavior.” As one simple example, they cite how “vitamin B deficiency causes violence.”
From a biochemistry textbook, she provides the symptoms of vitamin B deficiency including: “fear, fatigue, depression, paranoia, confusion, hostility, rage, and anxiety”. In addition, that “the ‘enriching’ of processed foods with synthetic vitamin B …does little to resolve the vitamin B deficiency crisis in most people” (p 80).
Given the increasing amount of anger, irritability, and even violence we are seeing these days, it’s essential to take a more serious look at the foods you choose to eat. Not just for your own happiness, but because the foods you choose to buy is a vote with your money that tells manufacturers what to make.
If enough people stop buying a food, then they stop selling it. It’s simple business. Vote for a happier society by purchasing more natural, less processed foods.
Natural Emotional Care has been scientifically shown to reverse anxiety, stress, fatigue, and a myriad of other challenges. Today, millions suffer from anxiety, stress and fatigue because they don't understand that foods affect emotions - specific nutrients and foods act in the body as natural emotional care.
If you would like more information, grab my Key Foods to Help You Feel Happier eBook for FREE if you haven’t already. This way, each time you grab something from your pantry, it helps encourage positive moods and emotions.
Emotions & Energy Nutrients: Remember, time spent in nature absorbing a wide variety of energy nutrients has been shown to dramatically reduce stress and anxiety. If you or someone you know struggles with irritability, you might want to try my Confidence Emotional Care to support getting enough energy nutrients.
Just like skin care is critical to the beauty of your face, daily emotional care can make a huge difference in reducing stress, anxiety, fatigue and improving how you feel. The better care you take of your body using natural emotional care of exercise, energy nutrients, and eating specific foods like my energy diet the happier you can feel.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treat. This information is based on research and knowledge by the author, and the ideas are not intended as substitute for medical advice. As with any products it is suggested that you check with your medical practitioner prior to use. The author disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any products mentioned herein.