Is my diet affecting my mood?

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A positive mood is vital to long-term health. It can be difficult to remain happy, however, especially when external factors in your life are affecting your thought processes. Your diet can have a big impact on your mood, even leading to mood swings if not properly controlled. Let’s take a look at why what you eat matters and how to keep yourself as healthy and happy as possible. 

Think of Food as Fuel

To put it simply, food fuels your body. It is a major source of energy and can lead to an efficient “engine” or one that sputters throughout the day. Many people forget that the food they eat directly impacts their brain function, too! Your brain needs the highest quality fuel possible – fuel with plenty of minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins to keep it running smoothly. 

If you do not eat food that nourishes your body and mind, you might experience fewer even moods throughout the day, sometimes with shifts severe enough that they cause mood swings.

Stay Away from Sugar

Many foods have high sugar content, including healthy options like fruits and vegetables. However, it is important to stay away from added sugar whenever possible, as too much of it can cause long-term brain impairment and even depression. 

Maintain Gut Health

When asked what parts of your body regulate emotions, you might not picture your gut, but increasing numbers of researchers are finding that it does just that! Healthy digestive function promotes good bacteria and lower levels of inflammation, too, both of which can affect your mood.

At Crossroads Family Dentistry, we want to help our clients form healthy habits that last. Reach out to our team today for more information about routine and regular dental appointments and how they can help your health!