Foods for your mood

April 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Do you feel like Dr. Jekyll or Mrs. Hyde? Licensed naturopathic doctor, Keri Marshall, explains how you you can discover foods that will make you happier!

Dr. Marshall's tips for lifting your mood

1. Avoid anti-depressant medications if pregnant or nursing.
Research has shown that use of anti-depressant medications by pregnant women can result in several types of birth abnormalities in offspring.

2. Quick check for omega-3 deficiency
Deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acid levels have been linked to depression. Such deficiencies are common in women during and after pregnancy because the body preferentially shuttles the mother's fatty acids to the developing fetus. A fatty acid analysis can be done with a single drop of blood.

3. Increase Omega-3 dietary intake
Salmon, sardines, anchovies, and cod contain the highest levels of omega-3, along with free-range eggs and grass fed-meats. High-grade fish oil supplements can and should also be used especially during pregnancy and while nursing.

4. Increase protein, decrease carbohydrates
An increase in healthy protein and the good omega-3 fats will help stabilize blood sugar and smooth mental outlook.

5. Fruits and vegetables
A variety, several times each day, especially dark leafy greens.

6. Magnesium and calcium supplement
Magnesium is natural muscle relaxant and has a calming effect.

List of items Dr. Keri Marshall brought to the show.

  • 1 Can of Tuna
  • 1 Can of Sardines
  • 1 Can of Wild Salmon
  • 1 6 oz. Bottle of Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt Smoothies
  • 1 10 oz. bottle of Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt Smoothies
  • 1 Bottle Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega-D3
  • 1 Bottle Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil, Orange flavor
  • 1 Bottle Nordic Naturals Pre-Natal DHA

You can obtain more information on the fish oils recommended by visiting www.nordicnaturals.com or by calling 1-800-787-7208.

For more information on omega-3, visit: www.omega-research.com

About Dr. Keri Marshall:

Dr. Keri Marshall is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in holistic pediatrics and women's medicine. Dr. Marshall received her Naturopathic Medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Center in Portland, Oregon, a Masters Degree in Social and Preventive Medicine from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, and a Bachelors of Science from George Washington University. She also serves as a clinical advisor for Nordic Naturals.


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