4 Natural Ways to Help with Mood Swings

In women, mood swings are often related to hormonal fluctuations and may occur before the monthly period, during and right after pregnancy and during menopause. But female hormones aren’t the only culprits: Men, also, can get into funks—over a cloudy sky, a spouse’s offhand comment or just a stressful day at work.

Many people have decided to take anti-depressants when faced with the decision of what to do to control those mood swings. But these aren’t the only way to take care of them, if you do your research, you can find all natural ways to remedy these hormonal imbalances, which are so much better for you.

Chamomile – Chamomile helps to stabilize the mood swings sometimes associated with PMS. It should be noted here, however, that if PMS or menstrual difficulties are recurring, the affected woman should probe more deeply into what is causing this imbalance. Serious nutritional or physical problems may be at the root of these problems and should be addressed as soon as possible. From Price-Pottenger Nutrition Forum.

Food – “The link between food and mood is becoming much more known in a lot of ways,” says Lynn Smith, a Boulder, Colo., dietitian who helps patients use dietary changes to wean themselves off anti-depressants or avoid going on them. For instance, low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter built from the amino acids found in vitamins B6, B12, folic acid and other nutrients, may result in insomnia, depression, increased sensitivity to pain and aggressive behavior. Low levels of dopamine and nor-epinephrine – built up with the help of magnesium, B12 and folic acid – leave people feeling irritable and moody. Fatty acids Omega 3 (fish oil) and Omega 6 (certain vegetable oils) also have been shown in some clinical studies to be associated with mood stabilization. We tend to reach for sugar because it quickly spikes levels of feel-good serotonin, dietitians say. But it also spikes blood sugar levels dramatically within 10 or 15 minutes. When the body tries to stabilize itself, it overcompensates, dragging the level exceedingly low within 25 to 40 minutes. Low blood sugar is associated with depression, fatigue and anxiety. From LJWorld.com. Check out: Good Food, Good Mood: How to Eat Right to Feel Right from Amazon.

Hydrotherapy – The next time you need to chill out, fill your tub with water just slightly cooler than body temperature. It should feel like a hot bath that’s beginning to get a little chilly, says Dr. Tori Hudson, a naturopathic physician and professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Soak for 20 minutes, adding water as needed to maintain the temperature of the bath. From Mothernature.com.

Exercise – Physical exercise releases damaging stress hormones, virtually moving them out of the body, generates endorphins (feel-good chemistry), increases levels of serotonin and balances the brain. Exercise also generates new nerve cells in the brain and enhances the connections between brain cells, which chronic stress shrinks. That can trigger depression, which shrinks the brain even more. However, there is great news. Exercise reverses this process; in fact, exercise causes the brain to grow and flower. After you exercise, you reap the rewards of the relaxation response both physically and emotionally. From Lifestyle.aol.ca.

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