FoodMood (1)

Food and Mood: Evidence for Diet-Related Changes in Mental Health

Do you ever feel down in the dumps some days and cheery other days? It may be because
there is a connection between diet and mental health. The food you eat plays an important role in
every stage of your life. Your brain is sensitive to the foods that you eat, and to remain healthy
your body needs nutrients like grains, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Foods that
contain grains, specifically whole-grains like bread can help to stabilize mood and provide
energy. Likewise, foods that contain omega-3 fats like fish can help to boost your mood and
performance. Foods high in protein like peanut butter help to your brighten mood, and aid in
sleep. Also, foods which are high in vitamins, like vitamin B can be found in cheese, which play
a role in your concentration and energy. Foods that contain minerals, like iron, which can be
found in chicken, help your body to feel awake. Furthermore, water is one of the best sources of
fluid for your body, and gives it a calming effect. So, remember the food you eat not only keeps
you satisfied, but also plays a role in your mood, as well.

FoodMood (1)
Dunne, A. (2012). Food and mood: Evidence for diet-related changes in mental health. British
Journal of Community Nursing, 11(2012), S20-24.

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