By Jason Bosley-Smith, MS, LDN, CNS, FDN
When considering factors that influence mood and mental health, sleep and stress are often top of mind. An essential component that is often overlooked in the stability of mood and cognition is diet. Dietary intake plays a significant role in performance of cognitive tasks, response to stress, and the promotion of positive mood.(1)
Food can affect mood through insufficient or inadequate intake of certain nutrients that impact physiological factors such as neurotransmitter synthesis, the gut-brain axis and inflammation.
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