What you eat affects what you think
Good mental health needs be approached holistically, and one aspect many aren’t aware of is the impact of the foods we eat in this regard.
We know how food can affect our physical body, even mental clarity, and in addition to that, there is much science and research related directly to mental health and food.
For instance, it is almost common knowledge how caffeine is used as a stimulant, and many people start their days with coffee for this reason, as a ‘pick me up’. Beyond that initial boost, it can also affect other aspects within the body. Also caffeine is not just in coffee, it is in many teas, sometimes more than coffee, cola and chocolate.
Below is a list of common affects of too much caffeine, and too much varies by individual, but in the context of mental health it is something to really think about.
Restlessness and shakiness
Rapid or abnormal heart rhythm
Dependency where you require more for the same affect, which can result in anxiety, or even greater anxiety for instance.
In terms of mania, from personal experience it is a disaster if the mood is already elevated.
I bring this to your attention because this is only one substance, and the questions is “what else are you consuming daily that may be affecting your moods?”
Other common related foods that affect mood are sugar and foods with saturated fat and trans fat.
Alcohol is another and this can also diminish some medications effectiveness too.
I learned to become a great researcher into my own health in al areas, and the internet has a lot of information easily accessible in this regard. Take some time to look at what you eat daily and weekly, and discuss with a Dr. or dietician planning out a better eating plan as a part of cultivating improved mental & physical health, as they work together.