We are what we eat!

We are what we eat!

By Pearl Stewart, LPC

9.30.2018

Omega-3 fatty acids

“Nutritional deficiencies and dietary patterns can affect its function and alter brain chemistry and the formulation of neurotransmitters—chemicals in the brain that can stimulate and calm,” says researcher from CNC. These neurotransmitters influence our mood as well. The most common foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids are: fatty fish like wild salmon, flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds. “We are setting ourselves back if we don’t allow our brains to have a good baseline to even approach therapy techniques. This starts with fatty acids. TIP: the best way to get flaxseed, walnuts and chia seeds in your diet is to add it to foods you already eat. Sprinkle some flaxseeds and/or chia seeds into your favorite yogurt, cereal or oatmeal. You won’t regret it!

Caffeine

Caffeine can make us more anxious. A recent study at Wake Forest University found that caffeine reduced blood flow to the brain by 27%. Caffeine also increases your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Another recent study showed that caffeine exacerbates panic attacks in people who have already been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Water water water!

Even mild dehydration can cause mood problems.  According to a study from the University of Connecticut, by the time you feel thirsty it’s too late. Our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we’re one or two percent dehydrated.” We need to consume water throughout the day…not just when we feel thirsty. TIP: If you are having a hard time consuming water, add in your favorite fruits and veggies–strawberries, lemons and cucumbers work great.