Did you know our food and mood are connected in many ways? On a molecular level, even our neurotransmitters, you know the “feel good” chemicals in the brain, are affected by the food we eat.

Glucose, the building-block of carbohydrate-rich foods like potatoes and grains, is responsible for the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a well-studied neurotransmitter responsible for balancing mood and anxiety. To keep a steady blood glucose level, it is best to eat whole-grain carbohydrates, like whole wheat bread and pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal.

Research has shown that food plays an important role in the development, management and prevention of mental health problems, such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.

Although nutrition is an important component of a healthy life, remember not to let food take up too much of your “mental state.” Worrying about what and when to eat is not ideal, instead, listen to your body, and having a healthy relationship with eating will begin to blossom.

We welcome Katie Damon a registered dietitian from community health alliance as she continues discussing the importance of correct nutrition with Jake.

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