Your Body May Be Giving You a Signal to Snack on a Good Carb
Choose the Right Carbs to Help Elevate Your Moods, Shed Pounds & Feel Great
Choose The Right Carbs
If your feeling sad, cranky or in the mood to pick a fight, you may be experiencing the side effects from restricting carbohydrates (carbs) in your diet. An estimated 17 million Americans suffer with depression and are taking antidepressant medications. Is it possible these individuals need a healthy dose of carbs instead of a Prozac pill? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may have uncovered the answer. Dr. Judith Wurtman and her research colleagues at MIT have discovered that carbs stimulate the production of a brain chemical called serotonin. This important brain chemical controls appetite, regulates sleep, sensitivity to pain, and keeps us happy.
Antidepressant medications regulate moods by making serotonin levels in the brain active for longer periods of time. However, like all medications, antidepressant medications come with harmful side effects. On the other hand, carbs raise serotonin levels naturally. Wouldn't it make good sense to take advantage of the natural tranquilizing effects of carbs before reaching for a drug?
But here's the catch. In order for carbs to stimulate the production of serotonin, carbs must be eaten with little or no protein. For this reason, a hearty bowl of whole grain cereal or a snack like popcorn will raise serotonin levels. However, a plate of pasta and meatballs (even it is gluten-free), or even worse, a low-carb meal like bacon and eggs will actually block the production of serotonin. Isn't that surprising?
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