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The Carb/Mood Trap

Are carbs really comfort food? “Yes,” temporarily, but “no” in the long run. Eating carbs can quickly result in increased serotonin, a neurotransmitter known for its role in depression. Your body associates the resulting “high” with eating carbs, but doesn’t associate carbs with the “low” that occurs a couple of hours later. A carb craving is born as your body simply tries to recreate the high, and you are in for a ride on the mood roller coaster. The solution? Cut the carbs! Ask your GSMC physician for strategies to increase serotonin naturally for a more stable mood.

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