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Food and The Mood

Food and The Mood

Food and the Mood. Looking at how food affects our thoughts and moods. From the ancient times, man became aware of what a complex marvel the body is. The Greek philosophers didn’t only tend to their mind, but also made sure to have a healthy and strong build. It should come to no. surprise that the nutritional choices we make everyday are tightly correlated with the way our body responds to tasks and situations. How well we remember, how quick we think as well as our emotional state of well-being. For that reason, maybe we should start thinking twice about what we offer to our precious and demanding “machine” so we can be the best version of ourselves possible.

A good, beneficial nutrition doesn’t necessarily mean all you eat has to be green and orange. Eating things that you enjoy very much are believed to activate the release of mood boosting substances, called Endorphin’s. The quantity along with the quality of food are essential factors to making a healthy daily plan, as is of course the time of day and breaks between the meals.

How many times have you experienced burning sensation in the stomach due to eating more than you should or consuming foods rich in carbs and saturated fat? That sensation can go as far as to bring you down for an entire day and that is because our stomach is our second brain, directly affecting our mood and our emotions.

Depression and stress are two very common conditions that are regularly linked with nutritional habits and are caused by the inability of our body to adequately and correctly process the food and its various components. Take caffeine for example. Caffeine acts as a stimulating factor for our nervous system, resulting in palpitations and increased blood pressure which may deteriorate stress while also causing dehydration and interfering with our sleep. We all know how imperative a good night’s sleep is to our brain function and emotional stability. Similar effects may be caused by alcohol or excessive sugar consumption.

Research Reveals Much in regards to Food and The Mood

A research by Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla published in Nature Magazine in 2008, claims that food activates the production of several gut hormones that may even reach our brain and affect the condition and growth of our neurons, which are responsible for the successful communication and spreading of the multiple messages that define our mood and brain activity. Meals that include fish, for instance, elevate the levels and encourage the activity of proteins called “Neurotrophic Factors” like BDNF, which carry out the above functions.

Consequently, a healthy nutrition has also proved important in the fight against diseases. This is known to be true especially related to neurodegenerative. Ones like Alzheimer’s, as compounds such as Omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamins and Minerals play key role in maintaining the health and proper function of our brain. Eggs, fish and seafood such as sardines or shrimp are just a few examples of food rich in Omega-3. They are helpful and also delicious!

Contrary to common belief, carbohydrates are not the enemy, we just need to be picky about which ones we consume. Brown rice, nuts, oatmeal and potatoes are prime sources of the “good carbs”. They are a source of natural fiber from plants. Include these in your daily habits and your digestion will improve dramatically. They are also a solution for some cases of constipation which are known to cause discomfort.

Another important advantage of fiber is that it is believed to increase the levels of serotonin. Serotonin is considered a feel good hormone. It contributes to a happier and more energetic disposition. If you suffer from severe and chronic digestion problems (Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease) you should avoid fiber. Consult with your doctor for a personalized nutritional scheme.

Food And The Mood
Food And The Mood

A research by Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla published in Nature Magazine in 2008, claims that food activates the production of several gut hormones that may even reach our brain and affect the condition and growth of our neurons, which are responsible for the successful communication and spreading of the multiple messages that define our mood and brain activity. Meals that include fish, for instance, elevate the levels and encourage the activity of proteins called “Neurotrophic Factors” like BDNF, which carry out the above functions.

Consequently, a healthy nutrition has also proved important in the fight against diseases. This is known to be true especially related to neurodegenerative. Ones like Alzheimer’s, as compounds such as Omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamins and Minerals play key role in maintaining the health and proper function of our brain. Eggs, fish and seafood such as sardines or shrimp are just a few examples of food rich in Omega-3. They are helpful and also delicious!

Contrary to common belief, carbohydrates are not the enemy, we just need to be picky about which ones we consume. Brown rice, nuts, oatmeal and potatoes are prime sources of the “good carbs”. They are a source of natural fiber from plants. Include these in your daily habits and your digestion will improve dramatically. They are also a solution for some cases of constipation which are known to cause discomfort.

Another important advantage of fiber is that it is believed to increase the levels of serotonin. Serotonin is considered a feel good hormone. It contributes to a happier and more energetic disposition. If you suffer from severe and chronic digestion problems (Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease) you should avoid fiber. Consult with your doctor for a personalized nutritional scheme.

Food and The Mood

Foods known to help us emotionally

Listed below are common foods to help stabilize the moods. These foods treat our bodies with love and kindness. Food and the mood of a person should be a top priority always.

Fish

High in Omega 3 which helps the brain. Boost learning and memory.

Whole Grains

Release glucose slowly and helps us feel fuller longer. This provides a steady source of the much needed fuel for the brain and body.

Lean Protein

Helps to keep serotonin levels balanced. The natural Prozac.

Leafy Greens

Provides vitamin B which assist in help with depression, insomnia and overall balance of mood.

Yogurt with Active Cultures

Helps to reduce anxiety and stress hormones and in return has a positive effect on the neurotransmitter GABA

All in all, a good nutrition combined with exercise can guarantee a healthier and happier lifestyle. So next time you visit the grocery store, choose wisely. Remember: You don’t need to completely lose chocolate and candy from your life. You do need to balance your diet in favor of good food that will uplift your mood!

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