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We all have so-called “off” days; days when we’re just not feeling right, things don’t go our way and it leaves us feeling depressed or angry. Ups and downs are a part of life, but when erratic mood swings start to run the show more often than not, it can be helpful to take a look at our lives and try to discern the source of the emotional rollercoaster.
Common Reasons for Mood Swings
Some causes of mood swings are fairly well known: stress, mental health issues, and substance abuse are all recognized as contributors to emotional ups and downs. Getting professional help in these areas and learning tools to manage stress, such as meditation, exercise, and positive self-talk help more and more as they become integrated into daily practice. Medication may also be indicated in certain instances, but it’s important to keep in mind that some medications may also contribute to unpredictable moods. It can be helpful to discuss potential benefits and drawbacks with a healthcare professional before deciding which route to take.
Sleep deprivation is another common cause of mood swings, and rightly so. The nervous system needs adequate rest in order to function properly. Chronic lack of sleep leaves people feeling on edge, and more likely to depend upon chemicals like caffeine and alcohol in order to stay awake and then fall back asleep at night. Learning to stick to a consistent schedule, difficult as it may be at first, can create monumental improvements in sleep quality and mental health.
Going to sleep at the same time every night, ideally falling asleep before 11 pm, and sleeping until your body feels ready to wake is the best way to reset the body and mind. Avoiding all screens for several hours before bed and supplementing with magnesium citrate and fish oil can help the body to relax before bedtime. It’s also helpful to keep in mind that certain supplements, such as B vitamins, should be taken in the morning as they contribute to a sense of alertness, and may aggravate your ability to relax in the evening.
Less commonly discussed as a source of mood swings are diet and allergies. All too often food sensitivities are categorized as digestive issues, when in fact allergies and food sensitivities can present as a vast array of physical, mental, and emotional imbalances. “Behavioral issues can definitely be related to food,” says Sierra Samuel, health coach and co-host of The C60 Show. Because 95% of serotonin is manufactured in the gut, it’s easy to see why!
Sugar, caffeine, alcohol, additives, and inflammatory ingredients all contribute to digestive imbalance, and consequently mood fluctuations. A person could be eating plenty of food but still be “malnourished” in the sense that they are not providing their body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. Conversely, a person could eat the best foods possible and have difficulty absorbing nutrients, so it is not only a matter of eating better foods but also making sure the body can do what it needs with them. For instance, a lack of healthy gut flora, often thrown out of balance due to harmful foods, means the body cannot digest effectively or produce serotonin efficiently.
Start with keeping a food diary and try to take note of correlations between food and mood over time, keeping in mind that microscopic proteins from certain foods, such as dairy, can stay in the body for up to a month after you’ve stopped consuming them. Therefore, it may not always be the food you ate most recently that’s causing symptoms. Keeping a journal over several months paints a more cohesive picture of diet and mood correlation than one done only short term.
In addition to taking note of harmful foods and eliminating them, adding gut and brain supportive options will benefit mental health. Foods that are indicated for gut health and optimal mood include fermented foods rich in probiotics, naturally anti-inflammatory foods, healthy fats, and organic whole foods like vegetables, grains, and proteins. Shopping the perimeter of the grocery store where most of these options reside is one way to help avoid the heavily processed foods on the aisles in between.
Lesser-Known Causes of Mood Swings
Historically, Western medicine likes to divide the body and brain into neat little packages, treating systems and parts as entirely separate from one another. However, it’s becoming more and more evident that the interconnectedness of the body as a whole is crucial to understanding the best ways to support it in health.
Sources of emotional distress are not always just in the brain; the body is complex and each system relies on a host of functions from other systems in order to work at peak health. As such, mood swings can be related to less obvious causes such as illness or injury, changes in hormones, brain and liver function, and even problems with mitochondria. In cases of illness and injury, the body produces an acute inflammation response, which suppresses dopamine production as a means of keeping the affected person more calm and sedentary during the healing process.
Hormonal changes refer not only to the commonly discussed sex hormones, but also ones that contribute to a sense of stress, and conversely, a sense of wellbeing. Liver function is key here; if the liver is not in good health, it’s not able to sufficiently break down and eliminate excess hormones, causing buildup and imbalance of certain hormones over others. A common example of this is estrogen dominance.
A sluggish liver also has difficulty filtering out the various types of toxins our bodies are subject to, including the chemicals present in our water, air, food, cleaning, and body care products, as well as medications. The liver also does most of its work at night, so if you’re not sleeping well it is likely the liver is not able to do its job correctly. Signs of an overburdened liver include brain fog, anger, and loss of focus, as well as inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
Brain and nervous system health are, of course, directly related to emotional health, but it’s less often discussed that conditions such as dementia, cognitive decline, and learning disabilities like ADHD can cause disruptions in the mood.
Additionally, mood fluctuations can also be related to over 3,000 possible conditions of the mitochondria in the cells. Antioxidant production declines with age, which slows down energy production in the mitochondria. “As we age, the antioxidants that the larger cell provides the mitochondria go down, like superoxide dismutase (SOD). They can only run-up to the level that they have antioxidants, and then no more, because they’ll just destroy themselves, and so that means your cells can’t produce ATP or pregnenolone, or other substances,” explains Ken Swartz, resident scientist and co-host of The C60 Show.
ATP is central to the body’s generation of energy, and pregnenolone is the precursor needed for all hormone production. Therefore issues with the mitochondria can present as lethargy and hormonal imbalance, in this case, a lack of necessary hormones. Because mitochondria perform so many different functions in different tissues, they are vital to nearly all bodily functions. This also means there are a plethora of mitochondrial diseases, often related to either an excess or deficit of mitochondria as well as malfunctioning mitochondria.
Inflammation – The Missing Link?
One of the key factors that link nearly all of the issues listed above is inflammation. According to recent studies, mood disorders like depression are directly tied to inflammation. Researchers have found that recurring negative moods tracked throughout the day over time were associated with elevated levels of inflammatory biomarkers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), which is linked to cardiovascular disease.
“Stress causes inflammation, we know that. The two are connected,” Sierra points out. Inflammation causes oxidative stress, or the presence of free radicals, which then take energy for the body to neutralize and eliminate, sapping energy and resources from its core functions. In doing so, inflammation exacerbates many well-known mood disorders, including bipolar disorder and depression. Like it does in cases of acute injury, the body suppresses dopamine production during stress via inflammatory response.
Chronic stress and inflammation also generate hormone imbalance over time. Called the “pregnenolone steal,” when the body is chronically stressed, the overwhelming majority of pregnenolone produced goes to generating more stress hormones such as cortisol. There is then a lack of pregnenolone needed to make other hormones in the body that are key to sexual and emotional functions, among other things.
C60, the Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant Powerhouse
Carbon 60, or C60 as it’s commonly known, is an antioxidant hundred times more effective than any other antioxidant discovered thus far. Its cage-like molecular structure, comprised of 60 carbon atoms, pulls hydrogen ions out of the surrounding environment and stores them. When Carbon 60 molecules encounter reactive oxidative species (ROS, a.k.a. free radicals), the negative charge of their free electrons adheres to C60, which then neutralizes the free-electron via its stored hydrogen ions. The ROS is then transformed into a neutral substance such as oxygen or water, which the body can then pass naturally. Carbon 60 molecules are able to reset themselves and neutralize ROS over and over, unlike other antioxidants which can only work once before they are rendered ineffective.
C60’s antioxidant capabilities support a balanced mood in 5 ways:
- C60 supports a healthy inflammatory response. Free radicals cause inflammation, which in turn causes more free radicals. This may occur due to stress, illness, environmental toxins, food sensitivities, or other causes. This cycle continues unless it is interrupted due to change in the environment, drawing energy and resources away from vital physical processes. The oxidative burden needs to be neutralized in order for inflammation to subside and the body to return to its normal functions. In many cases, this can be accomplished by dietary and lifestyle changes, and antioxidants like C60 Purple Power help by taking the oxidative burden off the body and neutralizing ROS in its place.
- C60 supports energy & motivation. C60 Purple Power supports mitochondrial function, which may become damaged due to the ROS that occurs due to stress, age, or toxins. By addressing the oxidative burden, Carbon 60 supports mitochondrial efficiency, promoting the production of ATP and pregnenolone, the key to energy and hormonal health.
- C60 promotes balanced hormone levels. Hormones affect your mood, your ability to tolerate stress, your energy levels, and when they are just slightly out of whack, your whole mental state can change drastically. The happy hormones, neurotransmitters serotonin, and dopamine must be at adequate levels in order to experience a stable mood and sense of wellbeing. Unlike hormone replacement therapy, which targets one or a few hormones at a time, the production of pregnenolone supports the synthesis of all bodily hormones in correct ratios and amounts.
- C60 supports brain function. “The brain is only 2% of your body weight, but it uses 20% of the energy,” shares Ken. C60 Purple Power protects the neurons and supports neurotransmitter cycling, in addition to supporting gut health where neurotransmitters are generated. Studies have also demonstrated that Carbon 60 prevents cognitive decline and diseases associated with aging.1, 2
- C60 promotes liver function. In one of the most famous Carbon 60 studies to date, the Paris Baati study, rats were given carbon tetrachloride.3 Some received C60 and some did not. The rats that didn’t receive Carbon 60 perished, largely due to liver toxicity, while the rats that received C60 not only escaped with no liver damage but also went on to live longer than the typical rat lifespan. C60 oil neutralizes free radicals so the liver can process the toxins more efficiently. Explains Ken, “The toxins themselves don’t do the damage. The toxins, as they break down, produce oxidative radicals, and oxidative radicals do the damage. So if the C60 is there and neutralizes those oxidative radicals before they do damage, it means your body can process those toxins and get them out much more efficiently than if you didn’t have C60.”
Carbon 60 For Balanced Mood
Mood swings and mood disorders can feel incredibly overwhelming at times, and it may seem like there’s no way to regain control. “Prioritize your health…You’ve got to balance your life enough that you can breathe and take breaks, and manage the stress,” expresses Sierra. Even changing habits around self-talk from negative to positive makes a big impact when done consistently.
Integrating diet and lifestyle changes over time, getting professional support, and utilizing beneficial supplements like C60 Purple Power all add up to a supportive environment in which mental health can flourish. By taking small steps, the body and mind can come back into balance, building a stable mood and healthy emotional response.
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