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Food & Mood are directly related, Luke Coutinho tells FLO virtual meet
Wednesday, 16 September, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Food is everything, and nutrition is an overhyped word. Though we have been eating healthy, nutritious food, yet we’re suffering from depression and many diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s, said Luke Coutinho, while addressing a virtual session ‘Food for Thought', organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Hyderabad Chapter, recently.

Nourishing, well rounded diet gives brain the power to fight age-related brain diseases like Alzheimer's, dementia, according to him. It was a well attended session by over 200 attendees, Coutinho was in conversation with Arthi Deiva, founder and CEO, Strive plant based nutrition.

Coutinho dealt various aspects of Food-Mood connection. “Food has an impact on the way we feel, look, think and feel. Food and Mood are directly related. Right food, sleep, exercise are important. Exercise improves blood circulation. Food tastes different after a sound sleep. The way we balance it does the magic,” he explained.  

Coutinho shared simple tips for holistic immunity as well as food to boost brain health. For instance, a data scientist, who works with numbers for 12 to 16 hours, needs 2,000 calories for the brain alone. 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. Refined oils, pure ghee or home-made ghee are good. Unsalted nuts, turmeric, ginger, dark chocolate are recommended. Coffee is a good brain food. Plain black coffee two times a day is a good practice.

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

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.”

“Mental health affects health in many ways but still we refuse to acknowledge it. Why it doesn’t get the due importance it deserves, she asked. Towards this direction we kick started a yearlong campaign in association with Roshni NGO, to spread the message of positive mental health,’’ she shared.
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