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           The Relationship Between Food and Mood

 

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, poultry, seafood

Vitamin B12

·         Supports a stable mood

·         Found in: dairy products, meat, fish, poultry

Folic Acid

·         Supports a healthy nervous system; can enhance mood

·         Found in: beans, citrus fruit, green leafy vegetables

Omega-3 Oils

·         Positively affects mood

·         Found in: beans, coldwater fish, flaxseeds

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 smoothly.

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.

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