The 6 Surprising Reasons You’re Cranky

Everyone gets cranky from time to time, but when you’re a perpetual raincloud over your friends, family or co-workers, it may be time to reevaluate your mood. Dr. Oz explains 6 of the most common causes of crankiness. Learn what you can do to change your disposition and enjoy the sunny side of life. Click here for dietician Kate Geagan’s Good-Mood Food Diet.

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Ever feel like you hate everything and everyone? Or you reach your boiling point so quickly that chemists should study you? You’re not alone – more and more women are finding themselves extra cranky. Luckily, science has some explanations and solutions to offer. Learn the most common causes of crankiness and how to fight off your bad mood.

1. Your Hormones

If you’ve noticed that your bad moods occur around the same time every month, the culprit could be your hormones. As women move through their monthly cycle, their ovaries produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. One week before your period, your progesterone levels are at their peak and then they suddenly drop, which triggers crankiness.

PMS, short for premenstrual syndrome, is thought to be caused by these fluctuating hormone levels. Another change in hormone levels occurs during menopause, where your progesterone drops down to zero. This fluctuation can also lead to irritability.

Solution: If you experience crankiness around these times, you have to build up your defenses. Studies have found that omega-3s can help prevent the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Take 600 mg of DHA omega-3s daily.

2. Caffeine

Consuming caffeine, even in moderation, can cause anxiety. Caffeine stimulates the brain, which makes it addictive. When people become addicted to caffeine, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal including headaches, fatigue and moodiness.

Solution: You should only consume 200 mg or 2 (8 oz) cups of caffeinated beverages a day.

3. Not Eating Enough

Your brain needs glucose for energy. If your blood sugar levels are too low, you might feel sluggish, irritable and experience difficulty concentrating.

Solution: To prevent low blood sugar, eat healthy snacks every 3 hours.