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Good mood food

fresh_veggiesDoes what you eat affect your mood? This is the question looked into by two reports published today by Britain’s Mental Health Foundation and Sustain which campaigns for better food and farming. The reports  suggest that what we eat may not only affect our day-to-day changes in mood, but may also be a contributing factor to more severe mental illness.

Food for thoughts?

We all know how important diet is for a healthy heart but have you ever thought about keeping your brain healthy?  The reports point out that the brain is the largest organ in the body and, like our hearts, livers and other organs, it is affected by what we eat and drink.  If you stop to think about how sugar, caffeine and alcohol can effect your mood and behavior then this finding isn’t surprising.

So what should we be eating?

The research states that “There is no “magic bullet” or single nutrient that holds the key to mental health and well-being”. However it does suggest that making sure you get enough Omega 3 fatty acids, minerals (zinc, magnesium and iron) and vitamins  (folate, B vitamins and vitamin C and E) is really important.

The researchers say you don’t need to take supplements to get all of these into you. The key is to eat a balanced diet. Include lots of different vegetables and fruit. Try to eat a wide variety of whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Some occasional oily fish, lean meat and dairy products are important too. Pretty much the same as what we need for our physical health.

For more information on healthy eating check out our article on nutrition.

Celebrity Chef agrees

We recently interviewed Kitchen Hero’s Donal Skehan.  He agrees that eating healthily puts him in a good mood.  He loves cooking as it helps him relax, de-stress and gives him a sense of satisfaction. He also advocates that cooking for yourself helps you make healthier food choices, is good for your budget and is a great excuse to be social and get some friends around for dinner.

Check out the full interview here:

 

 

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