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Can What We Eat Affect How We Feel?

Columbia University
the World Health Organization
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
the American Journal of Public Health
the University of Ota
the Weill Cornell Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

Richard SchiffmanThe
Drew Ramsey
Samantha Elkrief
Tamlin Conner
Felice Jacka
Lisa Mosconi
Emily Deans



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But Dr. Ramsey says that it is still rare for people to pay attention to the food needs of the most complex and energy-consuming organ in the body, the human brain.The patient Dr. Ramsey was seeing that day credits the nutritional guidance, including cutting down on many of the processed and fried foods and fatty meats that used to be part of his diet, with improving his mood and helping him overcome a long-term addiction to alcohol.“It’s one part of the whole package that helps alleviate my depression and helps me to feel better,” he said.Research on the impact of diet on mental functioning is relatively new, and food studies can be difficult to perform and hard to interpret, since so many factors go into what we eat and our general well-being. Such brain benefits may be protective against the onset of dementia, she said.Dr. Mosconi noted that “there is no one diet that fits all” but advises patients to cut out processed foods, minimize meat and dairy and eat more whole foods like fatty fish, vegetables and whole grains and legumes to cut the risk of developing degenerative brain diseases associated with aging.She and Dr. Ramsey both recommend “eating the rainbow,” that is, consuming a wide array of colorful fruits and vegetables like peppers, blueberries, sweet potatoes, kale and tomatoes.

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