You Are What You Eat, comment

I agree that we as nurses should be more involved with nutritional assessments of our patients. I do not think we should write detailed lists. This job is best handled by nutritionists and dietitians.Original PostMarch 9, 2011Title: You Are What You Eat, commentURL: found people who consumed fish have less depression for example in Taiwan and Japan in comparison to North American countries. As we know fish is an excellent source of protein and it is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids. Also depression in Alcoholics is up to 70% and studies on animals have shown alcohol consumption is leads to depletion of omega3 fatty acids in nerve tissues. Omega3s are one of the factors in regulation of the mood. That is why eating foods rich in serotonin and omega3 can increase the level omega3s in the blood and improve depression. Low protein intake is another contributing factor to depression. Studies have shown that an increase in protein intake at each meal to about 2 gram/pound body weight (e.g. 80g in160lb individual) have improved mood; sometimes the depression seems to be completely gone (by also including other factors such as change in life style and eating healthy). The best source of proteins are lean meat, especially fish like salmon, eggs and chicken, and legumes and soy products. Omega 3s are very important in regulating mood by affecting and regulating serotonin level. We can find good sources of Omega3s in walnuts, flaxseed. There are many example of how food can affect our health from regulating our hormones to improving our immune system to give us strength and vitality. So if you feel down and do not know what is the reason, it is important to ask your self: what have I been eating lately that affected my mood this way?Original PostMarch 7, 2007Title: You Are What You EatAuthor: Fraser Smith, NDHealthcare Online Education ConsultantFor Healthful Links and more information, click here.

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