“A big clue that you have low endorphins is that you really, really love the food you are craving – such as chocolate – and when you do indulge [it] provides pleasure, comfort or a numbing effect. These comfort foods are often addicting and provide short-term pleasure. However, they do lead to weight gain and cause nutrient depletions of zinc, magnesium and other minerals, leading to further indulgences and a vicious cycle.”
However, there are some ways you can combat these issues.
“The amino acid supplement DPA (d-phenylalanine) is very effective for raising endorphins and eliminating emotional eating so you won’t feel deprived and won’t have to use willpower,” Scott said.
“Moderate exercise also raises levels of endorphins, and therefore can help with sadness and comfort eating. Meditation and acupuncture can also help raise endorphin levels. Interestingly, acts of generosity, such [as] doing nice things for others, can also raise endorphin levels.”
There are many ways to combat the cycle of depression-obesity-overeating. Working on your exercise, sleep and diet routines seem to all impact mood and the development of some mental disorders like depression.
What are your suggestions?
ScienceDaily. Vicious Cycle of Over-Eating and Feeling Depressed Explained. Web. May 29, 2012.
Karst, Karlene. Email interview. May 29, 2012.
Scott, Trudy. Email interview. May 29, 2012. http://www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com
Kormeili, Elika. Email interview. May 29, 2012.
Reviewed May 30, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith