FOOD AFFECTS YOUR MOOD
Have you ever thought that the food that you are eating is affecting your mood? You probably know that after satisfying a food craving, your mood can alter. But did you know that you can support depression with the foods you are eating? Yes, there is a dramatic connection between your emotions and food.
How? Food affects your body’s metabolism, neurotransmitters and hormones. These are the things that are responsible for our emotions, energy, and concentration. Since the carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins that we consume impacts all 3, food affects our mood..
So, next time when you eat, be careful. The food you are eating may be the reason for your depression!
Different foods for Different Moods
Every food has their effect on your mood. Let’s find out what foods to eat to get good moods:
- Food for being relaxed and calm
Almonds, pumpkin seeds, and leafy vegetables are best to make you relaxed. This is because they are rich in magnesium which is a calming mineral that is depleted while you are stressed. They are also good aid in sleeping which would elevate your mood.
- Be happy with these foods
Asparagus, peas, egg yolks, beans, spinach, sunflower seeds, fish, meat, and poultry are rich in Vitamin B6, B12 and folate. Homocysteine is an amino acid which is responsible for depression and it is controlled by Vitamin B. Thus, by consuming these you can say good bye to depression. Vitamin B also helps in reducing anxiety so when you feel anxious next time, eat legumes, eggs, or nuts.
- Food to increase your energy
One cause of low energy is anemia which is caused by deficiency of Vitamin B12 and iron. Thus by boosting the intake of protein and iron along with Vitamin B12, you can boost your energy too. Eat food made up of spinach, seafood, bell peppers, mussels, oysters, and liver. You’ll find that your energy increases.
- Be focused and alert with these food
Your alertness is boosted by the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine. So, if you consume bananas, avocados, poultry, or beans you would get tyrosine which helps build those transmitters. They also have Zinc that increases alertness.
- Food to avoid anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression can be avoided or at least reduced within a good intake of vitamin C. Drinking chamomile tea with lemon is great aid for those who are feeling blue..