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Food and Mood

Certain Foods Can Hep You Feel Better

“Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food.” Hippocrates

 Studies show that what you eat influences your psychological state. According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic “The results of studies are mixed but seem to show an association — though not a direct link — between these foods and improved mood.”

 Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, meat, fish, beans, eggs and chocolate contain mood-enhancing elements. These include folate, Vitamin B, tryptophan, magnesium and Omega 3. A moderate dose of sun (Vitamin D) helps too.

 And as Epictetus knew, self-mastery breeds contentment; just resisting that which fosters regret is a boost.

 Integrating mood-enhancing foods into your diet is lifestyle medicine. The act of being conscious, choosing well and staying the course also boosts mood/ pride/ confidence. Awareness, a little discomfort and small steps over time create true change. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”Consider the data, eat the right stuff and mobilize the mind/body connection.

 http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-blog/food-and-mood/bgp-20056183 

http://www.everydayhealth com/depression/foods-that-fight-depression.aspx 

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/our-moods-our-f...

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/26/health/upwave-food-mood/

 

 

 

 

Carrie Barron, M.D., is a psychiatrist and co-author of The Creativity Cure: A Do-It Yourself Prescription for Happiness, which she wrote with her husband, Alton Barron.

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