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The food and mood connection

the effects food has on your mood

Ahide Rostro

on 23 May 2013

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Ahide Rostro Our diet has a great affect on not just our physical appearance, but also our mental state. The food we eat can bring about changes in metabolism, hormones, and our brain structure, chemically and physiologically which in result alter our mood. Everyone's body is different, so the effects of certain foods will differ from person to person. They key to maintain good over all health is balance and being able to listen to your body. We must eat foods that work to keep our metabolism, hormones and neurotransmitters in check, which also balances our moods. It is also important to minimize our consumption of unhealthy foods in our diet. What should we eat... The Good vs The Not So Good Let's take a better look... How does food affect our mood? Chemically Physiologically The nutrients in foods are precursors to neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body). Depending on the amount of precursors present in the food you eat, the more or less of a certain neurotransmitter is produced. Most foods provide a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients so the production and release of neurotransmitters is difficult to track. The Food and Mood Connection By simply knowing what food is going in our bodies has a large affect on how we feel. Knowing you ate a healthy meal gives us a feeling of satisfaction and positively affects our mood, while after eating fast food makes us feel sluggish and regretful. Food can also trigger memories that can affect our mood. Another example would be the power of comfort foods - certain proteins

- carbohydrates

- omega 3 fats

- B vitamins

- Vitamin D - refined carbohydrates

- transfat

- caffeine


sugar Foods to be Happy Asparagus, beans, peas, egg yolks, sunflower seeds, spinach, meat, fish and poultry: Load up on foods containing folate , vitamin B6 . These B vitamins work to keep homocysteine levels low. Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body, and high levels can be a predictor of depression. Vitamin B6 aids the adrenal glands in producing adrenalin, which controls your body’s fight-or-flight response to stress. Foods for More Energy Spinach, bell peppers, clams and seafood: Deficiencies in iron and vitamin B12 can cause anemia, which contributes to low energy. Boost your intake with proteins high in B12, such as clams, oysters, mussels, octopus and liver, and with leafy greens including spinach. Since vitamin C aids in iron absorption, combine eating spinach with vitamin C–rich bell peppers and tomatoes. Foods to be Alert & Focused - Avocados, bananas, beans and poultry: These four foods contain tyrosine, which builds the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which boost alertness and concentration.
- Water: Dehydration can also contribute to poor concentration and low energy. Foods to Avoid Depression & Anxiety Camomile tea with a slice of lemon: Herbal tea such as camomile relieves anxiety by aiding the nervous system. In periods of high stress, vitamin C is released in large amounts and its stores are rapidly depleted. Vitamin C, found in lemons, helps the adrenal and immune systems cope with stress. Other things to do A balanced diet is extremely important, but there are also other factors that contribute to our over all well being. Staying active and getting enough rest are also crucial to staying healthy. Effects of Fast Food Junk food doesn't contain the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Fast foods are high in fat, sodium and sugar, which can lead to obesity and a range of attendant health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Regular consumption of fast food will make you feel chronically fatigued and lack the energy you need to complete daily tasks. Since fast food don't contain adequate amounts of protein and good carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels will drop suddenly after eating, leaving you feeling grumpy, fatigued and craving sugar. AWESOME
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Did you know.... - You would have to walk 7 hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fries and Big Mac.
- Containing less fat, salt and sugar, your pet’s food may be healthier than what they serve at McDonald’s.
- The processed fat in McDonald’s food (and other fast food) promotes endothelial dysfunction for up to 5 hours after eating the meal. Endothelial tissue is what lines the inside of blood vessels.
- Real food is perishable. With time, it begins to decay. It’s a natural process. Beef will rot, bread will mold. If you leave out a mcdonalds burger, it will practically remain the same...so is it even "real"?
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