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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Are You Eating Good-Mood Foods?

Can an apple a day keep the psychiatrist away? Well, perhaps not, but experts say the right brain-friendly foods can minimize mental illness. 

One possible explanation is because people with depression are more likely to suffer nutritional deficiencies – and a lack of certain vitamins can cause drops of mood, cognitive ability and physical functionality, Drew Ramsey, MD and author of Eat Complete and co-author of 50 Shades of Kale, told BigThink.com.

Luckily, a few diet tweaks can easily correct these deficiencies and help restore your mood, say experts. This is especially good news for those of you who are struggling with addiction and depression, which both wreak havoc on your physical and mental health.

Try adding these good-mood foods to your recovery diet today:
  • Dark leafy greens: Spinach, kale, and swiss chard are chock-full of vitamins A, C, E, and K, known to fight inflammation which has been linked to depression.
  • Walnuts: They’re a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support brain function and reduce depression symptoms.
  • Avocado: This superfood is full of so-called healthy fat, or monosaturated fat, that your brain needs to run smoothly.
  • Berries: Whether blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries, these gems are rich in antioxidants, which have been study-proven to lessen depressive symptoms.
  • Apples: These fall favorites are full of soluble fiber, which balances blood sugar swings and stabilizes your mood.
  • Bananas: Bananas pack a lot of mood-lifting power due to a combination of vitamins B6, A, and C; fiber; tryptophan; potassium; phosphorous; iron; protein; and healthy carbohydrates.
  • Sweet potatoes: They’re loaded with depression- and anxiety-fighting nutrients like copper, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin, and potassium.
Fuel Your Recovery
With our in-house chef, the Haven at Pismo helps you create dietary patterns that support your sobriety and correct nutritional deficiencies. Residents learn how to replace sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods with healthy fiber, quality proteins, and antioxidant-rich vegetables. Call today to speak confidentially with an intake specialist: 805-202-3440.