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How your eating rhythms impact your mental health

How your eating rhythms impact your mental health

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When you eat matters

Eating is an essential part of human life and it turns out that not only what we eat but when we eat can impact our brains. Irregular eating times have been shown to contribute to poor mental health, including depression and anxiety, as well as to cardio-metabolic diseases and we...

How eating rhythms impact the brain

The circadian clock system is responsible for aligning our internal processes at optimal times of the day based on cues from the environment such as light or food.

  • Although the main clock manages metabolic function over the day-night cycle, our eating rhythms also impact the main ...

Food and mood

  • There is an overlap between neural circuits governing eating and mood. Also, digestive hormones exert effects on dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a large role in mood, energy, and pleasure.
  • Individuals with depression and bipolar disorder have abnorma...

Optimizing eating rhythms: time-restricted eating (TRE)

This is also known as intermittent fasting.

  • TRE involves restricting the eating window to a certain amount of time during the day, typically four to 12 hours. For example, choosing to eat all meals and snacks in a 10-hour window from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. reflects...

Circadian rhythms in a 24-hour world

We live in a 24-hour world filled with artificial light and round-the-clock access to food. That makes the effects of disturbed eating rhythms on mental health an important topic for modern life.

For the general population, it is important to increase pub...

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