Ever thought about how the food you eat affects your mood? Do you sometimes feel on a high, or more occasionally on a low? There is a way that you can eat to improve your mood as well as your overall cognitive function (mental health). Stress related nutrition disturbs all those magical neurotransmitters in your brain and can play a huge part on brain function, blood sugar and inflammation.
Your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 60 percent fat. Therefore, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) which we must get from our foods, especially omega-3s are important for brain function and higher intakes are associated with good memory, neurotransmitter function and cognition.
The most beneficial omega-3s are found in cold-water fatty fish, including salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, pilchards, tuna and herring. Additionally, omega 3 is found in sources like flaxseeds, soybeans and walnuts. Chia seeds have high balanced levels of omegas, high fibre content and are a good vegetarian protein source.
Hormone regulation is one of the most important factors relating to mood and good fats make good hormones! To sustain a balanced disposition, stabilise blood sugar and remain cheerful consume quality protein, essential fats and complex carbohydrates.
The most common types of foods which have a negative effect on how you feel are sugars, processed foods, and simple carbohydrates which are high glycaemic – in other words quickly turn to glucose in your blood stream and immediately disrupt insulin, blood sugar and energy. Caffeine and other stimulants also have a negative effect as they stimulate cortisol (the stress hormone) to be released from the adrenal glands.
An overconsumption of the above can also prevent a large percentage of fats from being used for energy and lead to an increase in fat production, storage and an increase in inflammation. By just making a few simple steps can significantly improve your mood, memory and overall mental health.
A Full Health MOT will rebalance your body, and test your protein status as well as vitamin, mineral and Essential Fats deficiencies. Call Gail on 01249 818758