5 Foods To Avoid When Taking Mood Stabilisers
Avoid foods high in tyramine
Tyramine is a type of amino acid that increases blood pressure. Aged cheese, cured, processed, and smoked meats, soybeans, tap beers, overly ripe bananas, fermented foods and dried fruit all contain tyramine.
Reduce your intake of foods with a high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio
Replace foods that contain vegetable oils like corn, soybean, cottonseed with oils that have low saturated fat such as canola, flaxseed, and olive oil. You can also add more omega-3-rich foods like walnuts, almonds, sardines, salmon, spinach, and anchovies to your diet.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Food and drink that contain caffeine and alcohol can increase your risk of having an episode. Caffeine can trigger episodes by disrupting your sleeping pattern and making you feel jittery. Alcohol can cause dehydration and mood changes. Try replacing your coffee with herbal tea.
Limit foods high in fat and sugar
Minimize your refined and processed foods. Anything made with butter, cream, cheese, or fatty meat can raise your blood cholesterol levels.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice are known to interact with bipolar disorder medication. It contains furanocoumarins, an organic compound that blocks an enzyme that breaks down certain medicines. Avoiding these foods and drinks can significantly assist in your treatment journey. Not only will this improve your psychological well-being, but also enhance your physical health. Building the healthiest diet for you takes a group effort, reach out to your doctor, dietitian, or even a virtual community for help and support throughout your journey.
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