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Sep 2, 2011

Food really does affect your mood

This black bear may not know it, but she's warding off pessimism and depression by chowing down on that chum salmon.
An article in U. S. News summarizes various findings about the way in which the food you eat affects your mood, ability to ward off depression, and a lot more.

Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian and the author of Eat Your Way to Happiness (2010), notes that most people understand the link between diet and physical health. “But,” she continues, “the link between what you eat and your mood, your energy, how you sleep, and how well you think is much more immediate.”

The article looks at various ways diet could affect your mood. A few brief highlights:
  • Not eating regularly can make you feel “tired and cranky.” That’s because not eating causes blood sugar to sink, which in turn creates mood swings.
  • Being carb-phobic reduces your body’s production of the “feel-good” brain chemical, serotonin. According to research, low-carb eaters are more likely to feel tired, angry, depressed and tense.
  • Not getting enough Omega-3s, found in fatty fish like salmon and sardines, can lead to pessimism and depression.
  • Eating too much fat doesn’t just add pounds—it can lead to depression and even dementia!
There’s more, and it’s all interesting. Check out the article.
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