Foods that Improve Your Mood

At Art of Care, Inc. many of our patients suffer from various levels of depression. Our clinicians are always looking for innovative solutions to optimize our patients care and independence in the community.

Below is a interesting article from Help for Depression about how food can improve moods, make the food work for you!

It’s no secret that there are connections between our physical health and the food we eat. More and more research has also connected the dots between mental health and a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Although food alone cannot cure a disorder such as depression, a diet rich in mood-boosting foods can provide a nice complement to traditional psychotherapy and/or medication.

 

Salmon

Salmon is chock full of Omega-3s, heart-healthy fats that aid mood and memory. Omega-3 fatty acids are present in the brain more than in any other part of the body, and several studies have suggested this nutrient can help lift mood, alleviate mild depression, and improve memory. Fats boost hormone production. A hormone production imbalance can trigger aggressive behavior, which is often related to depression. Oily fish, including salmon, is also rich in vitamin B12. This vitamin is believed to help in production of serotonin, one of the neurotransmitters responsible for mood.

 

Eggs

 

An egg contains countless nutrients to help support a healthy body and mind. Its high protein content slows absorption of carbohydrates in the blood, which keeps you feeling full longer. This slow absorption will also help keep you feeling alert and productive all day. The egg yolk, often unnecessarily shunned for its high cholesterol content, is rich in vitamins D, B12, and choline, which help enhance memory. Vitamins D and B12 both increase levels of serotonin.

 

Bananas

A banana is rich in magnesium, which reduces anxiety and improves sleep. Calming and stress-reducing, bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into serotonin in the body. Because a banana contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals and is also rich in carbohydrates, natural sugars, and potassium, which help the body’s circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain, it is a nutritious and energizing snack

 

At Art of Care nutritional teaching is vital in providing high quality in the comfort of our patients home.

Please see the full article at Help for Depression: http://www.helpfordepression.com/slideshow/lifestyle-changes/10-foods-boost-your-mood

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  1. Marilyn says:

    Hello Art of Care! Big fan of your site.

    Thank you for all the information!

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