Bipolar disorder is a neurological disorder that affects one’s mood, energy level, perception, and ability to function and perform work duties and day to day activities. Bipolar disorder also affects one’s sleep patterns, affecting one’s mood and behavior. Also known as manic-depressive disorder, bipolar can cause major, unexpected shifts in one’s mood, ranging from extremely high energy and overactive impulsive moods and behaviors to extreme lows of depression and lack of energy.
Although living with bipolar disorder can be overwhelming at times, with the right treatment and support, people with bipolar disorder can overcome the effects of the disorder and be successful in relationships, careers, and the way they view themselves. Bipolar disorder is not just a condition that affects one’s mood and behavior, it also affects one’s cognitive abilities as well. Some symptoms of bipolar mania include unrealistic self-esteem, insomnia, rapid speech, racing thoughts; unable to focus, and impulsive, reckless behavior, and (in severe cases, delusions and hallucinations. Some symptoms of bipolar depression include feelings of hopelessness, depression, inability to experience pleasure, or loss of desire for recreational activity, as well as, low energy. Although medication plays an important role in treating bipolar disorder, it does not completely control the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Combined with medications, other treatments such as changes to your diet and daily routines, as well as social support, are essential for managing and overcoming the symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. One of the most effective treatments of bipolar disorder is a well-balanced bipolar diet. A healthy bipolar disorder diet includes the following:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease the feelings of depression so common in bipolar patients. It can be found in fish, such as salmon, nuts, and fish oil supplements.
This can be found in whole grains, beans, and dark leafy vegetables like spinach. Because magnesium is a natural mood stabilizer, it is important to consult with your physician about supplements when combined with medications that stabilize your mood.
Eating foods rich in selenium can also help stabilize your mood and promotes good brain health. Some foods high in selenium are tuna, halibut, sardines, steak, and turkey.
4. Balanced nutrition
According to mental health researchers in order for healthy brain function and energy, a diet rich in balanced nutrients (i.e., lipids, vitamins, macro and micro-elements, antioxidants, etc.). In fact, several studies link inadequate nutrition with the development of many mental disorders.