How can inflammation affect my mood?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Body-wide inflammation isn't just bad for your arteries. More and more evidence shows that inflammation can fuel brain changes that mildly or majorly affect mood. In fact, inflammation may explain the link between depression's low moods and major-league health issues, such as heart disease. A steady diet of burgers, fries, and sugary baked goods laced with salt boosts depression risk by 51% -- perhaps because these foods fuel inflammation. Instead, pile your plate with fruits, veggies, and the good fats found in nuts (walnuts and macadamia nuts especially), olive oil, and fish (e.g., salmon or trout).

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