Category: Mood

The Sugar Coated Mind

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Typically, when we hear “You are what you eat,” we think of the link between diet and physical health. However, we now know that what we eat also has a powerful impact on our mental state. It is believed that as much as half of what we eat feeds our brain. It’s indeed quite a greedy organ! With this in mind, it is clear that diet can impact our thoughts, emotions, memory, self-control, and other aspects of mental functioning.

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Does Your Gut Shape Your Mood?

Not only do the myriads of bacteria in the gut help the body to digest food and stimulate the immune system, they also impact your mood. Seriously, your intestines host a 2000 known different species of bacteria.  Each person has a different proportion of bacterial species and strains in his or her gut.

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Self-Control Increases Your Happiness

“Self-control is the capacity to alter and regulate predominant response tendencies resulting in  the inhibition of undesirable behaviors while promoting desirable ones to support the pursuit of long-term goals.”  Self-disciplined people are happier. Self-control enables us to manage competing goals.

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Citrus: Brain Boosters and Mood Enhancers

Flavonoids, such as those found in citrus and kiwi, have been shown to be highly effective in preventing age-related cognitive decline in both animals and humans.Besides protecting brain cells from free radical damage, they provide multiple ways of protecting brain cells from inflammatory assaults commonly seen in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Kiwifruit contains several useful compounds that promote sleep.

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