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Does sugar affect your mental health?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 06, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Hello all

I recently had time off over easter and was able to spend time with family. Over the period of this week i was aware that i was eating more sugar than usual (not a lot) but still enough to feel a difference!

The effects to me over the course of this week were shocking to say the least. My sleep pattern suffered due to me waking at night and i generally woke feeling unrested as i usually do, my mental health also suffered i had very crappy mood and when i returned to my job (which i usually enjoy) i felt like walking out feeling frustrated and stressed over the smallest things.

Is it possible that this extra sugar in my diet could have affected me so negatively?

I have built stronger body awareness through healthier eating and believe this may be the case.

Do you have a similar experience which relates to this?

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on May 28, 2013
at 05:49 PM

Yeah likewise. It was probably more likely the high fructose and dairy in this specific "paleo friendly" cake that threw me. six slices later im wondering why i feel like shit :)

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:15 AM

fruit sugar is natural and good

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on April 06, 2013
at 06:29 PM

sugar is not bad

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on April 06, 2013
at 12:15 PM

I get depressed if I eat a lot of carbs per day (over 100 gr net carbs per day), especially if eat them in one sitting. I get some sort of overload and then I start feeling hopeless.

Cf89b6767687599fbbd8733757b5f215

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on May 28, 2013
at 05:49 PM

Yeah likewise. It was probably more likely the high fructose and dairy in this specific "paleo friendly" cake that threw me. six slices later im wondering why i feel like shit :)

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on April 07, 2013
at 12:59 AM

Hmmm...let me Google that for you. A cursory search reveals two somewhat notable sources (Dr. Mercola and Psychology Today) discussing how sugar can lower BDNF, a key brain growth hormone. There seems to be a corollary between low BDNF levels and depression and schizophrenia. These results may require a closer look before we accept them as gospel.

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on April 06, 2013
at 10:51 AM

I find that sugar temporarily relieves my depression/anxiety but makes it much, much worse in the long term. Fat makes me feel amazing as long as it's not something like a rancid seed oil. In short, sugar is bad. Fat is good. I'm sure that's been said somewhere on this site before.

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on April 06, 2013
at 06:29 PM

sugar is not bad

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:15 AM

fruit sugar is natural and good

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on April 06, 2013
at 05:28 AM

Yes, but it could also be the other things that go along with food that has sugar. For me, it might be protracted time around my family!

NooMoahk's answer was very good, I thought, something to consider.

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on April 06, 2013
at 05:24 AM

It seems to put me in an excellent mood, and that's after doing VLC for a year. I also find that I fall asleep easier if I consume some honey before bed. Could it be your blood sugar perhaps? In ketosis a single apple could spike and crash my blood sugar hard which would make me really moody/angry. Do you often eat carbs?

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