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What you eat can affect your mood

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By Lisa Meisels, regional dietition for Westgate Manor/Avalon Healthcare

California Research has indicated that chemical and physiological reactions in your brain occur when certain foods are eaten which can influence your mood, sleep and behavior.

A diet filled with complex carbohydrates can help keep you calm and relaxed. Protein foods can promote increased alertness and concentration. Omega-3s help reduce depression pessimism, and impulsivity. Research has found that inadequate amounts of iron, folic acid, thiamine, and selenium can increase the risk for depression, fatigue, inattention, introversion, inactivity, decreased self-confidence, and a poorer mood (Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science).

Getting adequate amounts of these minerals helps increase well-being, sociability, and overall energy levels. They can also help combat mental decline, and anxiety.

Complex carbohydrates: Whole grains and fiber...


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