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4 Common Foods that Can Alter Your Behavior


You probably know that a lack of food can make you cranky and irritable, and that too much food can make you feel tired and sluggish, but did you know that specific types of food can affect your behavior in other ways? Read on to learn which different foods can --and do-- change your behavior (for better or worse).

Caffeinated drinks: This stimulant, commonly found in soft drinks, coffee, and cocoa products, also acts as an antidepressant and mood lifter. However, consuming too much caffeine can have a negative effect, so it’s recommended that intake be limited to no more than two cups of caffeinated beverages a day.

Wheat germ: This grain is rich in choline, a fatlike substance that, when it is digested, converts into a neurotransmitter that is essential for proper brain functioning.  Try sprinkling wheat germ on to cereals, as a topping on yogurt, or mixed into meatloaf and meatball mixes.

Sugar: Too much sugar—whether coming from obvious culprits, such as junk foods and sodas, or from white breads, white pasta, and white rice (all of which contain carbs that act like sugar inside the body)—can cause the body to produce excess insulin and drop blood sugar levels, which can in turn can lead to feelings of agitation, depression, and anxiety. Okay . . . no more gummy bears for me! Whenever possible, replace table sugar with a sugar substitute. For cooking, look for substitute formulas specially created for that purpose. We recommend Flora-Key or Stevia Plus.  

Flora-Key is an immune boosting probiotic formula that contains acidophilus, bifidus, and a special prebiotic, rather sweet-tasting substance known as FOS to stimulate the growth of the beneficial bacteria, often killed off from antibiotics. This product helps to ward off toxin in the future and aids in the synthesis of key vitamins and minerals while helping to support the good bacteria in the gut, ultimately aiding with cleansing. Flora-Key should only be used in non-heat recipes as heating will destroy the beneficial bacteria. Stevia Plus, a combination of the herbal sweetener Stevia and FOS, can be used in recipes that require heat.

Salmon: This fish is packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the cardiovascular system, but it is also an excellent source of vitamin D, a nutrient that has been found to possibly increase the levels of mood-boosting serotonin in the nervous system. Enjoy a simple baked filet, prepare low-calorie salmon cakes, toss salmon into a salad or mix with reduced-fat mayo for a salmon spread.

Keep in mind that all foods can affect each individual in a variety of ways. The best approach to see how a particular food affects you is to monitor your behavior after eating that type of food. If you see a pattern in your behavior, it’s likely that the food you’re eating has a lot to do with it!


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