The food you eat could be affecting your mood

February 18, 2019 - 7:50 pm
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Kansas City, MO - Eating healthy isn't just about looking good. There's a direct relationship between the food you eat and your mood.

"Even if you don't see the physical effects of eating too much fast food, you probably feel it, thanks to the high fat content in fast food. It increases inflammatory oils, throwing off your gut health," according to Bethany Frazier, owner of the Kansas City Dietitian.

Frazier explains that seventy-five to eighty percent of serotonin, also known as feel-good neurotransmitters, are produced in your gut. If you're not taking care of your gut, then your brain is not going to be happy as a result.   

The number one mood lifter is fruits and vegetables, according to Frazier. She says it's incredible that you can think of food as medicine, and that your food can potentially heal and help you on your path to healing. 

For those who struggle with seasonal affective disorder, or S.A.D., Frazier suggests visiting your doctor for vitamin D supplements. She also says that fatty fish, mushrooms, and fortified food can help boost those levels. 

According to The Smile Trial, a study that shows a link between foods and moods, forty percent of participants who ate a primarily Mediterranean diet and had an increase of social activity experienced remission of clinical depression.

 

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