Could inflammation be causing your mood changes?

I am sure that most of us enjoy our food and never consider that it could possibly be impacting how we feel daily.  However, it is very likely that your food is influencing your mood and like me, it is likely that you may have never considered this.  It is now known that inflammation is the root cause of psychiatric conditions.  Is not this just fascinating as it was not long ago that we could never imagine that our immune system was linked to our mental and emotional health?  We now know that it is, and you can easily access published research articles that confirm this.

So, what is inflammation?

So, this is very technical there are different types of inflammation, but the process is really very similar and I want to make this easy for you to grasp.  The type of inflammation that we are interested in is chronic system inflammation this is caused by immune cells releasing substances that cause inflammation throughout your body. The symptoms this may cause may puffy face or hands, rashes that come and go for no reason, aches, and pains in muscles and joints. These are the more obvious that you can easily connect to an inflammatory cause.  However, it is now also known that other conditions are also the result of inflammation such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, cancer, and many other conditions relating to organs of the body.  However, the brain is also not immune to inflammation.  Inflammation of the brain can cause changes in your mood, thinking and even cause psychiatric illness.  These types of inflammation are due to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from cells causing inflammation.

Can we reduce our inflammation?

In short yes, we can and there is no documented evidence of the benefits of reducing your inflammation to help to improve your health outcomes.  The best and most effective way to reduce inflammation for the longer term is to make changes to your diet and lifestyle that lead to an overall reduction in the release of inflammatory cytokines.  You can do this by having a healthy diet of foods that are rich in anti-inflammatory properties.  Some great foods including oily fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds that are high in omega 3, including berries in your diet.  Berries are brightly colored, and this is because they are rich in anthocyanins these are powerful antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation.  So, as you can see by having a diet that is varied and contains whole foods you are really making a difference in your overall health.

So next time you are at the supermarket look for whole foods that you can incorporate into your diet and your family’s diet will help to reduce inflammation.  Replace processed foods with foods that are packed with nutrients and help your body to maintain a balance, it’s not about going without or going on a crash diet, it’s about finding foods you enjoy to replace the foods that you need to reduce in order to improve your overall health.  An example could be the ice cream and topping you may enjoy yourself or give to your children could instead be replaced with a natural Greek yogurt with a little honey for sweetening and some delicious berries.  This is not going without but finding a healthy enjoyable alternative.  These days there are loads of recipes on the internet for yummy whole food alternatives to enjoy.

So why not try these delicious little peanut butter balls the next time you feel like a treat.

Healthier Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

An easy, no-bake crispy chocolate peanut butter ball recipe that’s also healthy! Made with honey, coconut oil, brown rice crispy cereal, and coated in dark chocolate (yep, no powdered sugar!) they are a quick dessert or gift idea.

Prep Time 30 mins

Refrigeration 1 hr

Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Course: Desserts

Cuisine: American


Yield: 3 dozen


Author: Jami Boys


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter or other nut or seed butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted (or butter, softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2  1/4 cups brown rice crispy cereal or regular crispy rice cereal*
  • 10 to 12 ounces dark chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients except the rice cereal until smooth. Add the brown rice cereal and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to help shape into balls and place it on a lined cookie sheet. Tip: run your hands under a bit of water if the dough starts to stick to your fingers as you shape them.
  • Refrigerate until solid, about an hour (or freeze for 10-15 minutes).
  • When ready to dip the peanut butter balls, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave (if using the microwave, heat only 1 min. and stir until all is melted). Dip each ball into the chocolate** and place it back on the lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set.
  • Serve while still cold (they melt) or place the balls in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator or freezer.


*You can omit the crispy rice if you’d like the classic smooth peanut butter ball interior, though the recipe will make less, more like 2 to 2 1/2 dozen.**I use a three-pronged meat fork to pick each coated ball out, tapping off excess chocolate on the edge of the bowl. To get the decoration on the top, I tap the fork prongs into the chocolate. Make-Ahead: These store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks and in the freezer for 2-3 months.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg


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