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Brianna CollinsEnglish 1102IngramOctober 31, 2012Research Paper D1
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Some Brazil Nuts Each Day Might Keep the Psychiatrist at Bay.
  According to the National Institutes of Health, 20.9 million Americans suffer frommood disorders and 14.8 million experience depression. Headaches, fatigue, moodswings and feelings of fatigue and depression: the logical solutions to these problemswould be to go to the doctor. But what if all of these things that were being brought upon
one’s health were because of the foods that they are eating?
 Although medications
have been developed to alter people’s moods and aid those with depression, there have
been studies that show one's diet and the foods they consume can also affect people'smoods. Being aware of what foods you eat and how they affect your body can be ahealthy alternative to the consumption of manmade medications.Trudy Scott, a nutritionist and spokesperson for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals explains, "I've seen people make dramatic improvements in
depression and anxiety within a week of making some simple dietary changes”.
DonnaMarguglio a Health Kicker blogger describes to the world her issues with eatingdisorders, addictions, along with a plethora of mood swings. She serves as a living
example to Ms. Trudy Scott’s observations
. She begins to describe her struggles over the years and her many attempts to discover a solution. She explained how she wouldwork out every day in an attempt to sweat out these unwanted symptoms and feelings.
This resulted in an appearance of upmost health but internal feelings of depression. Itwas when Donna began the practice of yoga that she paid more attention to her health.She began to read more books, watch more shows, and do research on healthier waysof living. What she discovered was it was the type of foods that she was consuming thatresulted in her years of suffering. She began to keep a journal of the foods she ate andlog her amount of energy throughout the day. She quickly discovered what types of foods affected her negatively and positively (Marguglio).Like Ms. Margulio we all need to take account to the foods we put into our bodies. One might think
so what if I am in a bad mood every now and a then, everyonegoes through it.
But ones mood is a bit more complex than a good or bad day or smileand a frown. According to nutritionist-author Nora Gedgaudas emotions are depicters or 
products of one’s health. "Emotions are biochemical storms in the body and brain," she
says, "The healthier your biochemistry, of course, the better the emotional and also thecognitive forecast" (Nisbet). According to an article from ABC news
You Feel What You Eat 
“The most effective way to stabilize mood is to eat a balanced diet of protein,
carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and limit sugar, fat, and alcohol. Coupled withexercise, this regime will keep levels of endorphins, the brain's feel-good chemicals,steady
When it comes to one’s health
, know when to get help. There are types of depression that are indeed a result of bad nutrition and poor lifestyles, which can betreated with a change in diet and physical activity. Then there is the type of depressionthat results from a traumatic experience. Ms. Gedgaudas stresses that "Good nutritionwould not immunize anyone against the impact of, say, a sexual assault," she says.
"Chronically elevated cortisol from intense surrounding stress can dysregulate or evenunravel a person all on its own. (...) What quality nutrition does is help minimizeadverse variables and maximizes resiliency.""Food really does have a lot of power," said Bonnie Taub-Dix, a registereddietician and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Use it properly andhave a well-balanced diet and you really can improve your mood."
Let’s take into
account how powerful food can be on our feelings. Can you imagine the sweet aroma of a freshly baked Cinnabon. How enticing the ribbons of cinnamon sent are. How with justthe smell alone one can imagine the image of a large cinnamon roll sitting before themand the ever pleasant feeling of the warm soft dough
melting in one’s mouth. Even thealmost promised licking off the cream cheese icing from one’s fingers can come tovisual. Now let’s take it to the next step. Say one actually is eating the Cinnabon all thearomas and sweet tastes are bursting in one’s mo
uth. All of this brings an ever satisfying smile to ones face. And with that the thought of childhood comes to mind. Thevisual of daddy and how he used to surprise you and your siblings with the delectabletreat on occasional Sundays. Wonderfully happy memories of childhood and family rushyour imagination leaving you with a continuous smile and a daylong good mood. I amsure everyone has an experience similar to this one, be it a sucker that brings backmemories of doctor visits with mommy or the smell of fresh baked ham that brings upthe emotions of the celebration of Thanksgiving. These are examples of comfort foods.
Comfort foods are “foods associated with good thoughts and warm feelings that
reconnect people with meaningful association
s to others.”(Serani)

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