Bipolar disorder is a complicated mental health condition that generally results in wide mood swings, from a patient feeling really great to incredibly depressed. Although we usually think about mood swings in the short term, in reality many people with bipolar disorder can experience slow fluctuations that can last days or even weeks. Most people attempt to treat bipolar disorder with medications, as it can have a negative impact on all facets of one’s lifestyle — including sleep, energy, concentration, and general behavior — when left untreated.
But are there other ways to help alleviate the effects of bipolar disorder? For example, can we have an impact on the condition by choosing certain foods over others? Let’s take a look at some good and bad foods for people struggling with bipolar disorder.
1. Avocados: Good
Avocados have been enjoying growing popularity in recent years thanks to growing attention to its monounsaturated or “good” fats that can actually help in lowering cholesterol and keeping our blood pressure at healthy levels. Additionally, these healthy fats can help keep us feeling full for longer, meaning we’re less likely to binge on less healthy processed foods.
For people with bipolar disorder, avocados may help because the monounsaturated fats can assist in ensuring the brain remains sensitive to mood-boosting serotonin, which can help prevent mood swings to depression.