Health Watch - Moods: Comfort Food
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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about mood disorders such as depression and some problems associated with them. Even those who don’t have a serious problem such as depression may face stress or the occasional bad mood, and what you eat can help make things better.
We generally think about foods such as chocolate or mashed potatoes with butter when we think about comfort foods, but when we’re stressed we should probably have a bowl of oatmeal instead. Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says oatmeal raises levels of serotonin, a calming brain chemical. You could also have a glass of milk before bedtime. That reduces tension and anxiety and helps you sleep better. Eat an orange or have a glass of orange juice because vitamin C helps boost your immune system and lowers stress hormone levels. Omega-3 fatty acids are also good for lowering stress hormone levels.
Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.
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