Wednesday, March 24, 2010

6 foods to help you feel better!

There are new studies on effects of many vitamins and minerals and their effect on the human body.

Here are a few suggestions to help liven your mood.
• Eat foods rich in B12 and folic acid
o There has been a recent link between lower depression rates in cultures with high intake of these foods, and also have shown trends to aid in preventing central nervous system disorders, and dementias.
o Good examples are: beans, meats, fish, poultry and dairy products.
• Eat plenty of fruits
o These foods are loaded with nutrients and have been shown to aid with the increase of your overall health. Also people who eat fruits as an alternative to unhealthy snacks may develop a better outlook on their health habits.
• Selenium-rich foods
o What is selenium?
 Selenium is a mineral that acts as an antioxidant. Your body does not make this itself; however, recent studies have suggested that “oxidative stress” or an imbalance can lead to mild cases of depression.
 Selenium is found in abundance in whole wheat foods.
• Eat fish
o Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids. The presence of omega-3’s in ones diet has been shown to be correlated with treating depression and mood swings in combination with conventional treatments.
• Vitamin D
o Recent studies have shown connections between low levels of vitamin D and some mood disorders such as PMS, and seasonal affective disorder.
o Some foods rich in vitamin D are salmon, cheese, and beef liver. And if beef liver does not sound appetizing to you; you can always try to enjoy some nice safe exposure to the sunlight.
• Chocolate
o Always in moderation, studies have shown that dark chocolate can produce endorphins which essentially make you “feel good”. Recent studies also suggest that there are heart healthy reasons for eating small amounts of dark chocolate as well.
As always consult your nutritionist before beginning a diet or changing your eating cycles. These have been 6 helpful hints that in moderation and with regular exercise can help you to maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle.
William Milhizer PT, DPT

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