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Everyone gets tired & cranky from time to time, but when you're a never-ending raincloud over your friends, family or co-workers, it's time to identify the top 6 culprits.
#1 Your Hormones
If you've noticed that your bad moods occur around the same time every month, the culprit most likely is PMS. As women move through their monthly cycle, their ovaries produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. One week before your period, your progesterone levels are at their peak and then they suddenly drop, which triggers crankiness.If you suffer from exhaustion, fatigue, stress, have low body temperature or are going through menopause, you may have adrenal burnout. Support your adrenals today with our adrenal support supplements.
PMS, short for premenstrual syndrome, is caused by these fluctuating hormone levels. Another change in hormone levels occurs during menopause, where your progesterone drops down to zero. This fluctuation can also lead to irritability.
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Consuming caffeine, even in moderation, can cause anxiety. Caffeine stimulates the brain, which makes it addictive. When people become addicted to caffeine, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal including headaches, fatigue and moodiness.
Solution: You should only consume 200 mg or 2 (8 oz) cups of caffeinated beverages a day.
#3 Not Eating Enough
Your brain needs glucose for energy. If your blood sugar levels are too low, you might feel sluggish, irritable and experience difficulty concentrating.
Solution: To prevent low blood sugar, eat healthy high protein snacks every 3 hours.
#4 Your Bedroom
The correlation between sleep and your mood is no secret. But you could still be tired and cranky regardless of how early you hit the hay. Studies have shown that even dim light, for example the glow from your TV, reading lamp or even your alarm clock, in the bedroom may increases cases of depression. This light decreases the production of the hormone melatonin. Without steady levels of melatonin, your normal sleep patterns can become disturbed. Think about this the next time you wake up on the wrong side of bed.
Solution: Do a lights-out check before bed. Turn off all the lights and try setting a sleep timer on the TV if that helps you fall asleep. Turn your alarm clock away from you. If you feel you need extra help getting a good night's sleep you can wake up refreshed with no groggy side effects with the #1 Natural Sleep Aid Alluna. Research has shown that the compounds in valerian root extract and hops extract stimulate neurotransmitter receptors which promote sleep. They can help your body maintain a healthy sleep pattern to provide you with long-term, consistent results.
#5 Your Diet
The comfort food you grab when you're in a bad mood could actually be the cause of your bad mood in the first place. Diets rich in trans and saturated fats have been linked to increased depression. Additionally, new studies indicate that these diets can negatively affect cognition. Junk food and fast food negatively affect the connections between your brain cells called synapses.
Solution: Look for foods packed with vitamins and minerals that will sustain you throughout the day instead of the fatty, sugary processed foods that may taste good, but leave you with no energy.
#6 Your Thyroid
Your thyroid is the gland that keeps you energetic, slender, and happy. Without enough thyroid, you feel fatigued, you gain weight, and you go through life in a low mood...and with little to no libido to speak of.
Solution: Metabolic Advantage™ Thyroid Formula provides essential ingredients, including a powerful thyroid extract and thyroid-supporting iodine to support healthy metabolism, promote weight loss, and enhance thyroid health.
Here's to feeling lighter, healthier and more vibrant than you have in years!