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You are What You Eat

By Pfizer Medical Team

Every single brain chemical you have comes directly or indirectly from the food you eat. This is why nutrition is an important dimension of Wellness. The foods that make up your snacks or meals are linked to your mood, energy, focus and concentration. So eating nutritious foods is important to your overall well-being because the cells in your body need daily nutrients in order to function.

Putting the healthy back into modern day eating habits

In today’s society, some people are consuming too many carbs, fats and proteins (also called macronutrients), and not enough micronutrients. Micronutrients are foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Eating foods that are high in calories but low in vitamins and minerals—i.e. 'empty' calories—can lead to excess weight gain.

Nutrition experts consider foods with a lot of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats) and relatively few calories healthy.

Micronutrients can be found naturally in a variety of plant- and animal-based foods. They:

  • Support good brain health
  • Control our levels of inflammation, energy expenditure and thinking capacity
  • Help maintain a healthy immune system

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Following these recommendations should be under the care of your physician, as results may vary.

Medically reviewed by Elizabeth Pappadopulos, PhD, Global Medical Affairs, Pfizer

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