Improve Your Hormonal Mood Swings with Food | The Healing Roots

Improve Your Mood with Food

When it comes to weight gain and PCOS, you might notice shifts in your mood. Aside from maybe being self-conscious, it has been shown that women with PCOS tend to suffer from mood disorder. So it’s not all in your head.

How are your mood swings controlling you?
How are you they negatively impacting your relationships?
How are they taking the joy out of your life?

This is deeply concerning as many women I speak with tell me they suffer from anxiety and depression. It’s not just you, it’s not all in your head and you can overcome this once you are able to better manage your PCOS.

You can start working to better managing your PCOS through mood boosting foods!

Mood Boosting Food Groups

Flavonoid Rich Foods

Flavonoids are a group of phytonutrients found in food. They tend to give different fruits and vegetables their rich, beautiful color! Flavonoids are antioxidants that not only help to improve mood disorder, but also provide anti-inflammatory and immune boosting benefits.

-Dark chocolate or cacao

-Tea

-Fresh herbs 

-Berries

-Citrus fruits

-Apples

Probiotic Foods

Human studies show that after a few weeks of taking probiotic foods or supplements, healthy people have reduced stress hormones, feelings of stress, negative thoughts, and sad moods.

One fascinating study showed that when people took probiotics, brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) tests showed reduced brain activity for negative and aggressive thoughts!

There is some exciting research on the positive effect that probiotics can have on moods and stress. So, what can you do to nurture your own healthy gut microbes? Add these foods below!

-Kimchi

-Sauerkraut

– Yogurt or Dairy-free Yogurt

– Kefir

-Brine Cured Olives

-Brine Cured Pickles

-Organic Rye Sourdough Bread (typically a baker or local farmer market)

Prebiotic Foods

PREbiotics are food for gut microbes and, when fermented in the gut, produce specific changes in bacterial composition or activity. They are your friendly gut microbes’ favorite delicacies so they’ll happily grow, and multiply. Prebiotics are basically foods that contain fiber. 

-Jicama

-Cassava

-Asparagus

-Onions

-Garlic

-Celeriac root

-Greener Bananas

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