Is Your Diet Making You Grumpy?

Do you feel grumpy, irritable, or antisocial? The pharmaceutical industry promises to squelch these manifestations of mood with pills, and antidepressants do work for some people—but at what cost?

The side effects and risks are outlined in this article by Harvard Medical School. Antidepressants can also be overprescribed before enough time has passed to judge their overall effectiveness.

If you don’t have a debilitating mental illness and want to improve your mood without a litany of side effects and risks, try changing your diet instead of taking a pill. In “Guideposts to Mental Health” (Let’s Live Magazine, 1958), Dr. Royal Lee discusses the imbalances that result in mental distress: “when the acid-alkaline (pH) balance of the body is disturbed or there is a deficiency of sugar or oxygen, the result may be symptoms which are indicative of an instability of the nervous system.” Read the article to find out more about how these symptoms affect your mental health and how a healthier diet may help.

Samantha Prust

Samantha Prust is a freelance writer, editor, and owner of Your Editor On Call in Fort Collins, Colorado. She can be contacted at

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