The Feel Good Factor

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 February, 2011, 12:00am

The Feel Good Factor
by Patrick Holford
Piatkus HK$221

Anything that banishes the blues without drugs is worth a try. According to Patrick Holford, most people diagnosed with depression have only mild symptoms and antidepressants are no better for them than placebos.

Holford, who founded the Food for the Brain Foundation, looks at the mind-body chemistry connection to offer advice on how to wake up with a zing and continue the high all day. Biochemical imbalances, which affect mood, are best corrected with nutrients, he says. In The Feel Good Factor he offers 10 ways to improve your disposition, nutrition and lifestyle.

Many of his 'mood-boosting secrets', however, are common knowledge: ensure adequate sleep, exercise, vitamin D and, among other things, omega-3 fats.

Included in this main section is a chapter on the connection between your digestive system and your brain. Gut reactions can affect the production of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin. Holford's advice may be sound, but readers who complete the questionnaires to see what's wrong with them will come away with more cures than they have ailments.