The Relationship Between Food and
According to the
Institute of National Health, approximately 14.8 million American adults are
affected by mood fluctuations.
To maintain an optimal mental
response, the brain needs optimal nutrition. When we are under stress, we often
reach for fast foods that are high in refined ingredients (white flour, high
fructose corn syrup, etc.) and low in essential nutrients. Eating these foods
can cause a rollercoaster effect. This causes you to “crash” later and repeat
the cycle. While we are just beginning to understand the exact mechanisms of
how diet affects mood, we do know that what we eat and how we eat is associated
with our emotional well-being.
The Calming Foods:
To get off the rollercoaster diet, focus
on adding foods that have a calming effect on the body.
Tryptophan (amino acid)
Slows down the nervous system so your
brain can relax
Found in: dairy products, eggs,
Supports a stable mood
Found in: dairy products, meat, fish,
Supports a healthy nervous system;
can enhance mood
Found in: beans, citrus fruit, green
Positively affects mood
Found in: beans, coldwater fish,
In addition to your diet, whole foods
supplements can be a great way to combat the stress of everyday life. Each
product can feed your body what it needs to keep your emotions running
Speak to one of the Doctor’s if you
would like to know which supplements can help support a healthy mood.
The statements contained in this email are not meant to treat, diagnose or cure any illness, disease or health condition. Please contact a qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding your health.