Did you find yourself dreading the holidays? Do you fight off depression during the winter months when it can be dark, cold, grey, dreary – and stressful? The good news is that by choosing the right foods, you can eat your way into a better mood. “Mood foods” increase your levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter found naturally in the brain, bowels, and blood platelets. Serotonin, among other things, contributes to feelings of happiness, relaxation, and general well-being.
As I promised last week, there are several arguments that support my decision to not be a food extremist – this week I will detail the first four reasons supported by science on why humans should eat a balanced diet and why we need more than just plants as nutrition.