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Gut feelings: How food affects your mood

March 27, 2019

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Uma Naidoo, MD, Contributor

Dr. Uma Naidoo is a nutritional psychiatrist and serves as the director of nutritional & lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Naidoo trained at the Harvard … See Full Bio
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Amarnath S
December 11, 2018

This seems to reiterate what is told in the Indian text, Bhagavad Gita, a few millennia ago. There are three verses specifically related to food taken in:
1. The foods which promote life, strength, health, joy and cheerfulness, which are sweet, soft, nourishing and agreeable are dear to the ‘good’.
2. The fools that are bitter, sour, saltish, very hot, pungent, harsh and burning, producing pain, grief and disease, are liked by the ‘passionate’.
3. The foods which are spoiled, tasteless, putrid, stale, refuse and unclean is the food dear to the ‘dull’.

Beth Kendrick
December 24, 2018

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December 10, 2018

Is their any relation with the time when we consume good food (Gfood)

Herminio Cuervo
December 10, 2018

This is a much needed change in venue when discussing affectivity and the relationship between what we eat and how the brain functions.
Physicians need to be more proactive in advising patients about this relationship.

Richard Michael
December 10, 2018

I had a profound depression in 1990 at age 40. I was a teacher for many years, and the depression forced me to leave for months, I had lost my wife 3 years previously after a long bout of Hodgkins, and I was raising our young son. My point in writing this is that chocolate has been a food that has drastically affected my mood, not sure if it was because of the meds, heavy dose of Wellbutrin or it was part of the cause of the depression. I am not 68 and now other foods that affect my mood, none as bad as chocolate which would be devastating if I ate just one Hershey bar. Other items are tomatoes, cashews, pistachios, artificial sweeteners, MSG, and I suspect other foods because when I get a low spell it is often right after I eat. Chocolate for me is a devastating food, and I certainly love the taste, and still miss eating it after many years of abstinence. I think that it should be studied for its depressive elements because we often hear that it is a mood elevator with its many chemical compounds.

December 11, 2018

I have never heard a food that had a devastating effect (drugs yes: alcohol abuse; depressent, amphetamine/cocaine can turn a normally balanced person suicidal &/or homicidal if awake for days with no sleep). Just a thought for your sake; I do not think there are enough xanthines (mild stimulant w/ normal chocolate/cocoa consumption) to disregulate one’s mood. However, I’m curious if there’s a chance your body has a traumatic memory assosciated with eating chocolate (maybe a memory unable to recollect ? e.g., maybe a mean (cruel) abusive incident with a babysitter when a toddler that was cruel & you had just eaten chocolate? … never know if the cognitive memory is buried, your body/GI tract may retain the ‘gut’ memory. Please know I am no expert, and have no degree (just a hunch).

Bonnie Madland
December 10, 2018

Very interesting. I think gut biome is fascinating.

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