Yourwellness Magazine Explores Link Between Food and Mood

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Following a new film exploring the metaphor between bipolar disorder and fireworks, Yourwellness Magazine looked at ways in which diet can help bipolar patients better cope with the disorder.

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Scottish film company Synchronicity Films are exploring bipolar disorder in a new independent feature film, Fireworks, The Wellcome Trust reported December 17th. The article, “Fireworks and bipolar: a cinematic metaphor,” noted that the warm-hearted comedy involves Kat, a 13-year-old girl, and her newly discovered biological father Gillies, who has bipolar disorder, who bond by building a firework from Gillies’ lithium treatment. Writer and director Hannah Robinson commented, ‘Our aim [is] to make a wide-appeal indie comedy that will de-stigmatise bipolar disorder, while exploring the extraordinary chemical coincidence: that lithium carbonate is used both to treat bipolar disorder and to make fireworks, which are almost a perfect cinematic metaphor for the condition.’ (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2013/WTP054974.htm)

Following on from this, Yourwellness Magazine explored whether diet can help those with bipolar disorder cope better with the condition. According to Yourwellness Magazine, ‘Bipolar disease is a common health problem affecting the mental/emotional wellness of both men and women of all ages. Their well-being is affected by extreme mood swings, and the condition is also known as manic depression…One of the biggest problems with bipolar disease is that it is not easy to identify. As it often appears in teenagers, people mistake it for normal mood swings. The difference between normal mood swings and bipolar disorder is that mood swings tend to last for a day or two at most, whereas in bipolar disorder they often continue for a week. The disease is thought to be caused by genetics, hormone problems or even environmental trauma, such as the loss of a loved one.’ (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/12/beat-bipolar-disorder-changing-diet/#sthash.YF1cnZHo.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine pointed out that people with bipolar disorder can live a fairly normal lifestyle in spite of their disease, as long as they take regular medication. Yourwellness Magazine continued that there is also a strong link between food and mood. Yourwellness Magazine explained that bipolar patients often eat too little and are starved of nutrients, and so they should aim to boost their intake of healthy food, and at the same time they should decrease their intake of caffeine. Yourwellness Magazine added that people with bipolar disorder should also avoid fatty red meat and instead go for lean meat, salmon and tuna, as well as steering clear of additional sugars and opting for naturally sweet food instead.

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