Foods and moods


Published on Helpful foods include oily fish, bananas, whole grains, dark (70% cocoa solids) chocolate, molasses and Brazil nuts, with chocolate and bananas particularly stimulating the body to produce feel-good hormones.

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Foods and moods

  1. 1. Foods and
  2. 2. Depression is a very complexissue and the condition can have a range of causes.
  3. 3. The most obvious of these causes is emotional problems and negative beliefs.
  4. 4. These emotional problems and thenegative beliefs need to be tackled through counselling, and many people turn to hypnotherapy to find a solution as well.
  5. 5. But often, there’s more todepression than just going through a tough time.
  6. 6. We all know people who have gone through experiences thatwould have plunged other folk into depression or some other problem. But these people just seem to bounce back.
  7. 7. It could be that these people have more hope and optimism and aseries of positive beliefs that helpthem cope with tough times. Or it could be another factor.
  8. 8. When considering the causes ofdepression, the mind/body link should never be ignored.
  9. 9. Scientists everywhere have accepted the idea of SAD(seasonal affective disorder), where people who don’t get enough sunlight have a greater tendency to depression.
  10. 10. In Scandinavian countries in particular, with their long, dark winters, more cases of clinicaldepression crop up in winter, only to be alleviated when the sun returns in spring and summer.
  11. 11. Now, this isn’t a problem in theGold Coast – people come here forthe sunshine, after all – but there are other ways that things that happen to the body affect the state of the mind.
  12. 12. Diet, as you may have expected, plays a part in depression,although it may not be the only factor.
  13. 13. It is highly likely that vitamin deficiencies and what’s in yourfood plays a role in a depressed mood.
  14. 14. It probably isn’t the only factor – again, we probably all know people who eat all kinds of junkand don’t have any problems withdepression and also know folk who are very careful about what they eat but still have problems with depression and anxiety.
  15. 15. But the authorities say that diet can help alleviate some of thesymptoms of depression and make you feel better.
  16. 16. We all know that there are certain foods that make you feel better emotionally – everyone has comfort foods.
  17. 17. The downside of traditional comfort foods is that they areoften high in empty calories andsimple starches – and can leave us with a weight loss problem,especially if people turn to these foods as a crutch when feeling blue.
  18. 18. Often, these comfort foods arefoods from childhood or are treatfoods, and people turn to them inorder to recapture the feelings of being loved and special that are associated with these foods.
  19. 19. If this rings a bell with you, then you might like to talk to your counsellor or hypnotherapist aspart of a hypnosis session before it gets out of control.
  20. 20. But there are things that you caneat that really can make you feel better because of the way thatthey interact with your hormones and affect the chemicals in your brain that affect moods.
  21. 21. And the good news is that manyof them are healthy for your body as well as for your brain.
  22. 22. Keep on reading atPositive