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Food & Mood go together - wellness guru Luke Coutinho,

Say no to mindless eating, poorly planned meal

Coutinho says good fats taken in right amount help brain. But on the contrary people are cutting them down from their diet. We need positive fats, he added quickly. Refined oils, pure ghee or home-made ghee are good.

HYDERABAD, Sep 07 (BNC Network) Food is everything. We are what we eat. Nutrition is an over hyped word. Though we have been eating healthy, nutritious food, yet we’re suffering from depression and many diseases like Dementia, Alzhiemer’s.

These were the words of Luke Coutinho, a well-known wellness expert, entrepreneur and author, who addressed a virtual session Food for Thought organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation(FLO), Hyderabad Chapter.

Nourishing, well-rounded diet give brain the power to fight age related brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Dementia, he said.

In a session attended by over 200 peoploe, Luke was in conversation with Arthi Deiva, Founder and CEO, Strive Plant based Nutrition.

Luke dealt various aspects of Food-Mood connection.  He said: “Food has an impact they way we feel, look, think and feel. Food and Mood are directly related. Right food, sleep, exercise are important. Your sleep is very important. Exercise improves blood circulation. Food tastes different after a sound sleep. Stressed and relaxed taste food differently. Food is food. There is no magic food. The way we balance it does the magic.” 

He shared simple tips for holistic immunity as well as food to boost brain health. Human brain alone needs 600 to 800 calories, but that is not taken into account. Take for instance, a Data Scientist, who works with numbers for 12 to 16 hours, needs 2000 calories for the brain alone. But such things are ignored. These things lead to Cognitive disorders.  Cognitive disorders are a category of mental health disorders that primarily affect learning, memory, perception, and problem solving, and include amnesia, dementia, and delirium etc and others.

Luke shared some foods that boost up brain power. Good fats taken in right amount help brain. But on the contrary people are cutting them down from their diet. We need positive fats, he added quickly. Refined oils, pure ghee or home-made ghee are good. Unsalted nuts, turmeric, ginger, black chocolate etc are recommended.  Coffee is a good brain food. Plain black coffee two times a day is a good practice, he said.

“Don’t go against natural cycles or law of nature. Eat, sleep, wake up same time, early dinners work well for the body,” he advised.

On a question on menopause, he told his audience to embrace it as it happens. It has to happen one day. Don’t make it a stress builder.

Welcoming the gathering Usharani Manne, Chairperson of FLO Hyderabad said annual health check-ups have become routine as a matter of preventive health care. But, we totally ignore our Mental Health, because sound in mind is sound in body. It is as important as physical wellbeing or even more.

Priya Gazdar, Secretary of FLO set the context for the conversation.

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