Emotions & Making the Change
by Michele Battaglia, DC
Anxiety, nervousness, sensitivity, depression, agitation, chronic sadness, aggression and violence—although these are common emotions, they are not normal. One proactive approach to counteracting these emotions is to assess your diet to ensure you receive all the minerals and nutrients the body needs in order to support our mental health. As you improve the diet and add foods that support us at a cellular level, these emotional symptoms often decrease or vanish.
Would you put the wrong fuel in your car and expect it to run properly—if at all? The human body is no different. Why put the wrong foods in your body and expect it to function? Have you ever witnessed a child eat poorly, then become hyper, disobedient or even violent? Is your child having difficulty focusing in school or maintaining optimal grades? Maybe you’ve experienced fatigue, exhaustion or a lack of motivation throughout the workday. The appropriate balance of vitamins and minerals can greatly improve both mood and behavior. Let’s start with getting the right foods in.
According to an article published in Psychology Today, B vitamins have an essential role in supporting mental clarity, boosting mood and increasing energy. The National Institute of Health lists natural sources of B12 as wild fish such as trout, salmon, tuna and haddock. In addition, eggs, chicken, liver, clams and dairy such as cheese are also ideal sources. You can also find other B Vitamins in poultry, beans, lentils, almonds, sunflower seeds, broccoli, spinach, bananas, avocados, citrus fruits, millet, brown rice and barley.
Besides sun exposure, you can absorb natural Vitamin D from fish such as tuna and salmon, as well as certain mushrooms. Consuming adequate amounts of this nutrient will protect you from depression and increase your immune system function.
The mood is also affected by gut microbe balance. An article titled “The Gut Microbiome and the Brain” in The Journal of Medicinal Food (Dec. 2014) explains the connection between the intestines and the brain. It has been found through the Human Genome Project that gut microbes directly influence your mood, immune system and more.
More than 95% of the four million distinct bacterial genes reside in the large intestine and have a major role in the function of the human body. Poor diet contributes to a disruption in this bacteria flora, but prebiotics, probiotics and fermented foods can make improved changes to this system. Please check with your doctor before implementing any diet or supplement program. The foods mentioned above might not be for appropriate for everyone.
Dr. Michele Battaglia, Chiropractic Physician, earned her Bachelors of Science and Doctorate degrees in Chiropractic Medicine from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She is an Advanced Practitioner of Nutrition Response Testing, and she is also the owner of Natural Health Osprey, Florida.
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