Foods for Better Mental Health
她把人体比作一辆汽车 - 一辆需要合适燃料的汽车。
莱斯利⠐科恩非常肯定她在病人身上所观察到的事情。她的书被称为“好心情厨房：简单的食谱和情绪平衡的营养技巧。”在其中，她解释了特定食物的重要性 - 如脂肪。
她补充说，美国军方正在研究Omega 3 脂肪酸对人体健康的影响。这些脂肪酸主要存在于鱼油中。但它们也存在于一些植物油和核桃等食物中。
科恩表示，研究人员觉得Omega 3 脂肪酸不仅有助于治疗抑郁症和焦虑症，还有助于预防自杀。
“事实上，军方正在进行一些非常好的研究，为要确定Omega 3 脂肪酸是否不仅可以治疗抑郁症和焦虑症，还可以预防自杀。”
烹饪鲑鱼的一种方法 - 烘烤鲑鱼
但是，健康网站指出，所有鱼类都含有汞 - 含汞量随鱼的种类而变化。
这些蔬菜是莱斯利⠐科恩称之为“补脑的彩色蔬菜”饮食的一部分。许多健康专家说我们需要吃彩色食物 - 换句话说，就是所有颜色的蔬菜。她加增一个词“脑汁”，这些蔬菜为“大脑”添加了“脑汁”，这意味着这种饮食对大脑有益。
There is an old saying: “You are what you eat.”
When you eat the right foods, you feel better physically. But what you eat can also make you feel better emotionally and mentally.
Leslie Korn is a mental health expert. She has been treating people for trauma and depression for more than 40 years.
Korn noticed that some of the foods her patients were eating seemed to affect their mental health. She noted that eating foods like dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, eggs and cherries seemed to lower pain levels and ease signs of depression in the patients.
She likens the human body to an automobile – a car that needs the right fuel to run.
"I think about our body in some ways like a car engine. We need to give it the right fuel. And each of us has a need for a particular combination of proteins, and carbohydrates and fats."
Leslie Korn was so sure of what she observed in her patients that she wrote about it. Her book is called “The Good Mood Kitchen: Simple Recipes and Nutrition Tips for Emotional Balance.” In it, she explains the importance of specific foods -- like fats.
"The brain is made up of fat. And it's made up of chemicals that talk to each other and that are lubricated by the fat in order to communicate across the synapses, and contribute to our ability to focus, to apply attention and to lift our mood.”
She adds that the United States military is studying the effects of Omega 3 fatty acids on human health. These fatty acids are mainly found in fish oil. But they are also in some vegetable oils and foods like walnuts.
Korn said that researchers suspect Omega 3 fatty acids are helpful not only in treating depression and anxiety, but also for suicide prevention.
“Indeed, there is some very good research going on in the military looking at the role of Omega 3 fatty acids for not only treatment of depression and anxiety, but also for suicide prevention."
Wild salmon is rich in these fatty acids, and in her book Korn includes easy directions for cooking salmon.
Baked Wild Salmon
Sprinkle sea salt and a little olive oil on the salmon and place it on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then place it under the broiler for at least 5 minutes.
Keep an eye on the salmon. It should be pink on the inside.
However, the health website Prevention notes that all fish contain mercury – some more than others.
To avoid mercury, experts suggest eating wild Pacific salmon, shrimp, farmed catfish and haddock or smaller fish, such as sardines and anchovies. These all contain Omega 3s, but are low in mercury.
But eating healthy fats is not enough. Korn says we also need to eat foods that break down the fat. She suggests eating dark green vegetables.
"For example, if your liver and your gallbladder isn't working, you can't break down the fats that are then absorbed into the blood stream and then support brain function. What we know is that the greens, in particular the bitter greens, help us digest fats and send those fats to the brain where we need it."
Those vegetables are part of what Leslie Korn calls the "Brainbow" diet. Many health experts say we need to eat a rainbow of foods -- in other words, vegetables of all colors. She adds the letter “b” for “brain,” meaning this diet is good for the brain.
"I call this the "Brainbow" diet because the colors in food represent different nutrients. And so your orange and kind of yellow foods provide lots of vitamin A, and lots of vital nutrients. The variety of greens are very good for our digestion. Your purple foods and your red foods are very anti-inflammatory. Those are beets and are eggplants and are berries."
Every country, she notes, has specific foods that are good for mental well-being. In her book, she provides directions on how to prepare them.
The "Brainbow" Food list also includes:
Red foods: red cabbage, radishes, watermelons
Orange foods: carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges, pumpkins
Yellow foods: lemons, bananas
Green foods: kale
White foods: garlic, onion, nuts
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