Here’s the good news AND the bad news:
When you don’t eat enough fat, cholesterol or sugars, you become depressed and/or have trouble sleeping.
Further, if your blood-protein levels are elevated, it inhibits your neurotransmitter metabolism that regulates sleep and feelings of happiness.
There’s a simple reason for this: fat, cholesterol and sugars move your bowels; the other stuff clogs you up, making you sluggish and depressed.
The “other suff” comes in these forms:
- Beta-carbolines in proteinaceous prepared foods, in particular, heated meat, canned fish, beans, grains, and tofu.
- Opioid peptides in dairy and wheat-products like bread; any kind of cheese (except the full-fat low- protein cream cheese); wheat cookies; all crackers, including rice crackers cakes; pizza (especially the frozen and pre-baked ones); and pasta (pasta is less constipating when eaten with lots of olive oil and without fish or meat). Butter is not constipating for it contains hardly any protein (opioid peptides are contained in protein) and lots of fat.
- Cadmium from vegetables and grains do exactly the same.
Other common, but often ignored, depression enhancers include:
- Waking up late can make you depressed and sleepless.
- Consuming wheat- and / or dairy products can also make you sleepless and depressed.
- Consuming vegetables and grains can also make you depressed and sleepless.
- Long-term hormonal contraceptive use can make you depressed and sleepless.
- Use of antibiotics can cause sleeplessness.
- Too little vitamin B3 enhances serotonin deficiency. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter not just regulating feelings of happiness, but also the ability to fall asleep, and partly influences cognitiabilities, pain, fear and appetite.
To begin your road to feeling well and sleeping well:
Eat as little (especially at night) prepared food, vegetables, grains, milk and wheat-products. There are those who say you don’t even need these at all.
Sleep is essential to reconstruct lost body-protein and to decompose and deport wastes from the body. Also, when you are asleep, body-fat is transformed into available energy, to support the processes mentioned above.
If you are depressed or sleepless, wake up when the sun rises. Your body is strongly influenced by daylight ; when the sun has set, serotonine is transformed into melatonine. When the sun rises, this process stops.
Consume as much fruit as you want, and sashimi or fresh raw egg yolk (gently stirred through a fruit shake for example), instead of prepared food. And especially do not consume prepared food at night, preventing prolonged digestion which impairs sleep.
Being happy is much more than just a feeling. Feelings of happiness or depressions tell you whether your diet is okay. And if you don’t sleep well, again you have to take a look at your diet first.
For example :
[box] Cholesterol is an essential nutrient ; 10 to 20% of the brain is composed of cholesterol, and vitamin D and the sex hormones are also composed of cholesterol. That’s why the body needs sufficient cholesterol all the time. And to make sure you consume sufficient ‘clean’ cholesterol’, your body warns you if you don’t by causing depressions and mood-swings. A number of scientific investigations have proven that in people trying to commit suicide, cholesterol-level is lower. Great ‘happy fruits’ are: dried date, fig, papaya, banana, strawberries, sweet cherries, orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and hazelnuts.[/box]
[box type=”info”] Happy foods’ like papaya, banana and pineapple also contain lots of serotonin. If you are not used to eating much of theses fruits, your body needs time to produce more enzymes decomposing the serotonin from these fruits. Increase consumption gradually to enable enzyme production to keep up with serotonin consumption. If you do follow these suggestions and your depression continues, see a doctor. Causes of depression can be very complex, and it is essential get it under control before it becomes worse. This article gives only a superficial amount of information concerning diet and depression. If you would like to dig deeper, there is an extraordinary amount of information available to you on the internet or at your local library or bookstore. Your family physician would also be happy to recommend resources to you.[/box]
Remember, everything in our lives is subject to the Laws of Nature and Symmetry. Our bodies, minds and spirit must be in perfect balance in order to work perfectly.