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What foods and beverages can trigger a bipolar episode?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Sugar, caffeine (found in chocolate, coffee, and some teas, such as green and black teas), alcohol, and chocolate have been shown to influence mood. These substances influence brain chemistry in ways that may trigger a bipolar episode. They may also interact negatively with any medications you may be taking. This doesn't mean that you never get to have these things again, but have them in moderation and monitor your intake so you can see what effect, if any, they have on your symptoms.

Everyone is different, and alcohol or coffee may have a greater impact on one person's mood than another's. However, substances like alcohol must be avoided when taking certain medications, and this will be marked on the medication container. Strictly follow any directions to avoid certain substances while taking a particular medication so you can avoid negative interactions that could impact your general health, as well as your mood. Certain foods, such as oil-rich fish, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, may help keep your mood stable. There is some evidence that the B vitamins, zinc, and vitamin C also help stabilize moods.
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