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How food affects your mood

food affects your mood. dietary advice and therapy in Jerusalem, SydneyDid you know that the foods you are eating affect not only your body but also your brain?

The chemicals in our brain (neurotransmitters) rely on fuel they get from certain nutrients to allow us to remain calm under stress, efficiently solve problems and control and re-balance our emotions when difficult life events hit.

Dr. Hatton can suggest dietary changes to help you feel better physically and mentally as a complement to therapy.

Food affects your mood via the brain-gut connection

There is increasing research showing that the health of our gut and digestion is directly linked to increased risk of mental health problems. This is because just as in the rest of our body, too many toxins and not enough essential nutrients to the brain leads to sub-optimal functioning.

The main neurotransmitters (chemicals) affected by poor nutrition to the brain are: serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline and GABA.

Imbalances or deficiencies in any of these chemicals can result in higher risk of:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism/ Asperger’s
  • Auto-immune disorders (Lupus, Osteoarthritis)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Dyslexia
  • Eating disorders (i.e. binge-eating)
  • PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome)
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disorders
  • And more

Diet as a complement to therapy

Diet is such a powerful complement to psychological therapy because it means that every piece of food you eat contributes to a happier you!

Dr Hatton can design a personal eating program or provide simple dietary tips to help you eat your way towards a happier you. Even the smallest change in what you are eating and drinking can have a huge effect on your mood, work and relationships.

Get Help Today

If you’re ready to take a step toward the right diet for your best mental well-being, just call Dr Hatton or fill in the contact form and click Send. Find out more about the role of food in mood with Dr. Hatton.