You eat to fuel your body with energy, but do you eat to fuel your mood?
Studies show that the foods you eat have a direct effect on the structure and function of your brain.
Your brain is arguably one of the body’s most active organs; working constantly to keep your body functioning, and allowing you to interact with the environment around you. Do you ever notice how much your mood changes when you are eating healthy, wholesome food? Studies show that happiness is, in fact, correlated to a healthy diet.
Scientists have compared traditional diets high in whole, unprocessed foods with moderate levels of lean protein and dairy, to the typical “Western” diet. These studies show that on average the risk of depression is up to 35% lower in those who eat the traditional diets such as Mediterranean diet and the traditional Japanese diet.
“A traditional whole-food diet, consisting of higher intakes of foods such as vegetables, fruits, seafood, whole grains, lean meat, nuts, and legumes, with avoidance of processed foods, is more likely to provide the nutrients that afford resiliency against the pathogenesis of mental disorders.” –Selhub M.D.
Start paying attention to the effects of your diet on your mood. How do you feel the day after you eat processed foods vs. “clean” foods? You could even create a food log for a week, and describe how your mood adapts when you change your diet.
Cleaning up your diet is the first step in improving your mood and your health. However, simply eating a healthy diet still may leave your cells lacking in amounts of vital nutrients. There is very convincing data that suggests nutrient-based supplements such as “omega-3 fatty acids, S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), zinc, B vitamins (including folic acid), and vitamin D may prove beneficial for managing mental disorders” (Sarris, 2015). Without additional supplementation it is difficult to get all the vitamins and minerals we need from our nutrient-depleted diets.
Schedule an appointment at Boulder Longevity Institute today to test your intracellular nutritional status and find comfort in knowing exactly what supplements you should be taking. Check out our SpectraCell Comprehensive Nutritional Panel here.