Food can definitely impact the way we feel. There is nothing more satisfying than a large carton of your favorite frozen treat after a lousy day. Which, of course, you should enjoy once in a while!!! Although, on a daily basis it is important to be mindful of how we are fueling our bodies and minds. With all the diet fads and trends, it can be difficult to find the right information. I love the philosophy that the more whole you eat, the more whole you feel. 'Whole' meaning foods in their most natural state. Whole foods contain vitamins and minerals essential for our bodies to function properly. According to the National Institute of Health, diet is directly correlated to mental health. Whole grains, for example, are rich in B vitamins, which are important for brain health. Here are a few examples: Thiamin (vitamin B1) is involved in turning glucose into energy. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is needed to produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (involved in learning and memory). Vitamin B6 helps to convert the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin. Vitamin B12 is involved in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, among others, all of which help to regulate mood. If you are feeling a little off, try adjusting what you are fueling your mind and body with! And Remember, The More Whole You Eat, The More Whole You Feel!!
Be Happy and Healthy!
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