Stress and trauma send our bodies out of regulation. When under these conditions our bodies will react in certain ways including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, migraines, seizures, addictions, and other neurological problems. All people respond in different ways based on their genetics and surroundings. One of the main reasons for these common conditions is unregulated blood sugar levels.
Unhealthy blood sugar levels affect hormone regulation causing unnatural hormone patterns. Blood sugar levels and leptin levels being unregulated are the two major causes of mood issues. Blood sugar levels have a large effect on neurotransmitters that affect one’s mood and the way that we view and handle the world. High glycemic foods can trigger behavioral, learning, and mood swings. Blood sugar regulation issues, high carbohydrate foods, food sensitivities create a fight-or-flight response within the body. The body is forced to release adrenaline to keep glucose levels within a healthy range. Having an adrenaline high can cause kids to “act out” instead of paying attention, adults to have rage, or people to struggle with anxiety or depression. Blood sugar surges also decrease B vitamins (needed for making neurotransmitters), magnesium (needed for the parasympathetic function and liver detoxification), and inhibits the movement of L-tryptophan across the blood-brain barrier. Cognitive function suffers due to blood sugar deregulation.
When you know you are under stress, be aware of sugar and carbohydrate cravings, sugar intake, and carbohydrate intake because eating these foods will only make the stress worse. Concentrating on increasing proteins and fats, adding B vitamins and decreasing high glycemic foods and sugars can help stabilize adrenals and hormone regulation.
Gedgaudas, Nora CNS, CNT. “Primal Body Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life.” Healing Press Art. 2011. Vermont.