Food and Mood!

Food and Mood!

You know our diet and emotions are dramatically linked, say experts.

Food affects the body’s metabolism, hormones and neurotransmitters (mood chemicals that are produced in the brain), and these in turn influence our feelings, concentration and energy.

The problem with our generation is that our moods are never in accordance with time. That’s because we have got 99 problems to stress about. Though 86 problems of them are totally made up scenarios that we hassle about for absolutely no logical reason but still…

Then have sleep issues; we don’t want to sleep but we have to, we want to sleep but we can’t, we don’t want to sleep but we do etc.

Also we have EXAM complications. Continuously studying totally empties us. We go short, in fact out of energy. This results in lowest of focus and attention. Annnnd there you go again with an off mood.

Besides there are many other teething troubles like depression, gloominess, anxiety etc which may adversely affect our moods and thus health notably.

So below are the nutrients, that you can GIVE A GO to attain your preferred and desired moods:

The foods to eat to be calm and relaxed

Pumpkin seeds, leafy greens and almonds: Magnesium, found in pumpkin seeds and leafy greens, is a calming mineral that gets depleted when we’re stressed.

So next time when you have a presentation to give, snack on almonds. They are carry-in-a-pocket-easy.

The foods to eat to be happy

 Beans, peas, egg yolks, spinach, meat, fish and poultry: These function to keep homocysteine levels low. Homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body, and high levels can be a predictor of depression.

Onions, lettuce and tomatoes: Chromium, found in these three foods, is essential for insulin production, which regulates our blood sugar. Keeping blood sugar in balance is key to stable moods.

Fellas, munch on above foods as much as possible cuz life is too short to be unhappy.

The foods to eat for more energy

Eggs, beef, Spinach and seafood: These all contain the amino acid tyrosine, which increases your “get-up-and-go” brain chemicals”.

The foods to eat to be alert and focused

 Bananas, beans and poultry: these foods contain tyrosine, which boost alertness and concentration.

Seeds, nuts, beans: zinc, found in all three of these is vital for focusing.

Water: Lack of fluids or dryness is one of the paramount reasons to why we have poor concentration and low energy, so try to drink lots of water.

Don’t forget to consume above foods and water significantly in exams next time to aid in lifting your oomph and attentiveness.

Foods that help you sleep

Almonds, cheese, milk, honey, bananas:

Almonds and bananas contain magnesium and potassium, which serve as muscle and nerve relaxant.

Cheese and milk manufacture sleep triggering melatonin/harmone.

Honey contains glucose, which tells your brain to shut off orexin- the chemical known to prompt alertness. “Be careful not to overdo it, (as excess of anything is harmful) one tablespoon for a sweet- dreams-sleep is plenty.”

Since sleep is an important subject under consideration now a days. Ramzan alert! 😀

Foods that help you avoid anxiety and depression

Drinking herbal tea with slice of lemon relieves anxiety by helping the immune system to cope up with stress.

Fish and certain oils: Studies have shown you can predict a country’s rate of depression by its seafood intake. And the more fish the population eats, the lower its suicide and killing rates.

In addition I would say, if you can’t deal with all the different foods, just have a chocolate. Because, chocolate is an answer to all the untimed moods in the World. 😛

Any ways, let’s end it with the positive thought that “You don’t have to eat less; you just have to eat right”.

Until next time, stay happy and healthy!

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