Food & Mood

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The foods we eat cause a change in our moods.  If you are a parent, you have seen this with feeding your toddler more sugar than normal.   The result is having the child hyperactive, irritable, unable to focus, and not able to fall asleep on time.  The foods we eat affect the rest of our bodies, in particular our brain.  If we happen to be sensitive to a food, our mood can be altered, and our body will be unable to break the food down.  If we cannot break down the food, it can create an allergic reaction in our guts which sets up a cascade for heightening our food sensitivity.  This weakened hypersensitive gut also causes a dysfunctional, depressed, sluggish brain output.  This low functioning brain is the driver of creating our overall mood.  The adage, “food creates mood,” lends to an emerging field of research called nutritional psychology.  Once believed to be separate entities, nutrition and psychology are very much connected.

The first step in taking ownership of your overall mood is truly knowing what foods you are sensitive to by taking the Longevity Lab Food Sensitivity Test. Who wants to be grumpy and irritable all the time?  Who wants to function at their less than best self?  Absolutely no one. 

Food choices, especially in the evening, are critical. Particularly those foods which are serotonin boosting.  Serotonin aides in regulating your sleep and wake cycle called the circadian rhythm.  We know if you do not get sufficient sleep (less than four hours a night), your brain will not work efficiently. We call this inability to think: “cognitive decline.”  Sleep is when the brain rejuvenates and repairs, cleaning out debris from a day of thinking.  When you think during the day you create waste by-product from all the billions of neurons that are firing and signaling actions in your brain.  Sleep allows the body to, in essence, regather its thoughts and repair the neurological wiring that has been firing all day to make your brain work.  Just knowing what foods aid in sleep is not enough; knowing if you are sensitive to any one of these foods helps you target your own brain recovery.

Neurotransmitters are generated from your food, which is processed in your gut. This connection is how our bodies can keep a clear, steady, non-depressive state.

The top anti-depressant foods, in accordance with the World Journal of Psychiatry 2018 are: Oysters, Liver or organ meats, Clams and mussels, Octopus, Crab, Watercress, Spinach, Mustard, turnip, and beet greens, Swiss chard, Cilantro, Basil, Parsley

The highest scoring antidepressant foods from the list are dark green leafy foods and cruciferous foods like cauliflower. Knowing these foods exist is a start, then taking the Longevity Lab Food Sensitivity is the specific targeted solution for your overall brain health.

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