Food for the spirit – Lakeport Podiatrist

Food for the spirit – Lakeport Podiatrist

It is amazing how inexpensive stress reduction can be. Mindfulness and deep abdominal breathing have no cost. No one likes expensive or complicated recommendations. Some of the following information you may already know and some of it may surprise you. Today’s article will emphasize diet, nutrition and attitude.

Fork up the fish. A key ingredient in many types of fish is omega-3 fatty acid. This nutrient is good for the blood stream by reducing cholesterol and also has been shown to help with depression. Recent research findings show that omega-3 fatty acids in fish help with the production of serotonin.

Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that regulates your mood. The more serotonin, the better you feel. Try to eat fish once or twice a week to help in this process. Hey, it’s good for the heart and your spirit.

Take your vitamins. B vitamins are another important nutrient for positive mood. They work by regulating and reducing the effects of a component in blood called homocysteine. Depressed patients have higher levels of homocysteine and by taking vitamin B you can reduce the levels of this compound.

Patients who use vitamin B for this purpose have helped normalize their depression. Vitamin B is found in fruits and vegetables which are good for a variety of reasons. To help boost levels of vitamin B you can take a one-a-day supplement. I recommend this because a one-a-day vitamin will help restore your vitamin B levels at the lowest cost.

Avoid processed sugar. This is a big deal. Research is revealing the more unstable the blood sugar, the more unstable the mood. At the Bio Brain Center in the United Kingdom they discovered that poor blood sugar balance is the single biggest factor in mood disturbance.

Eating foods high in processed sugar can cause swings in blood sugar levels that can lead to fatigue, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In my own experience, I have recently given up my favorite meal of the day which is dessert. I have noticed I am in a better mood since I cut back on this intake of sugar.

Keep a routine for meals. Eat regular meals including breakfast. Emphasize proteins such as nuts, eggs, cheese, and beans. This will set the tone for your entire day.

Start reading labels. A good rule to follow reading labels is to avoid those foods where sugar or salt is within the top seven ingredients. When you look at a label of ingredients, the amounts are listed in descending order. If sugar is listed high in the order, then the food contains mostly processed sugar. If you start to read labels you will be in shock at how many foods have high sugar content. Be patient and keep reading, soon you will find versions of foods you like where sugar is down on the list of ingredients.

Smile twenty times a day. This is the attitudinal component of today’s article. Comedian Phyllis Diller once said, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” Try this exercise in attitude tomorrow: try to smile deliberately to twenty people during the day. You will likely notice a few things. For one, the smile will be returned. Smiles are contagious. What is my favorite thing about a smile? It costs nothing. No money involved to bring you peace of mind. How much is it worth to you?

Matthew McQuaid, DPM is a board certified foot surgeon practicing in Lakeport. He has a particular interest in Mind/Body medicine and its impact on healing. He is an award winning author and teacher. Please share this article with a friend. For more information please call 707-263-3727 and visit www.drmcquaid.com

Food for the spirit – Lakeport Podiatrist

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