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How food affects your mood

The VITL Nutrition Team / May 17, 2018

We’ve all experienced chocolate cravings for that little boost of joy when we’re really feeling it, but new research has indicated an added dimension to how food can affect our moods...

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According to new research, your mood depends on the food you eat, and what you should eat changes as you get older. 

As we age, our dietary preferences evolve according to our lifestyle and variety of other factors. When comparing dietary practices in young adults (18-29) compared to older adults (30 years+), the New York study revealed how this differentially influences mental health. Let’s have a look at the details...

Interestingly, mood in young adults appears to be influenced by meat consumption and exercise. Both eating meat and exercise were shown to increase mood-boosting chemicals seratonin and dopamine in the brain.  

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In mature adults, however, things are a little more complicated. As we get older, the level of oxidants in our body increases, which can lead to a higher risk of mental distress. So it's simple! We need antioxidants, and we all know the best source... Fruit! Alongside this, it appears mature adults should avoid food that inappropriately activates our ‘Stress Response’ such as coffee and sugary foods.

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