Healthy Eating for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder requires a comprehensive treatment plan to keep its mood swings in check. A healthy diet gives a person’s body, including the brain, adequate amounts of the materials it needs to function properly.
Good choices include:
Eating a balance of protective, nutrient-dense foods. These foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean meats, cold-water fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, soy products, nuts and seeds. These foods provide the levels of nutrients necessary to maintain good health and prevent disease.
Which Foods Should I Avoid if I Have Bipolar Disorder?
- When someone with bipolar disorder is feeling depressed, extra caffeine can help that person boost the low mood. The problem is caffeine can disrupt sleep. Caffeine can also lower the sedative effects of medications, that are used to treat anxiety and mania associated with bipolar disorder.
- Avoiding high-fat meals to lower the risk for obesity with some bipolar medications. High-fat meals may delay the time it takes for some bipolar medications to be absorbed into your system.
- Also avoid sugar. Sugar will affect mood swings.
Can I Drink Grapefruit Juice While on Bipolar Drugs?
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice with your bipolar medication. Grapefruit juice may increase the blood levels of certain bipolar medications. This includes some anti-convulsants. Taking anxiety medications with grapefruit juice may cause excessive impairment and even toxicity.