The Connection Between Food and Your Mood

Food is defined as any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.

We all eat every day, frequently and regularly, we eat different kinds of food; processed, fresh, sometimes we eat foods because we are hungry, not necessarily because we need to keep our cells alive.

The reason why we eat, is not to keep us alive alone, but also to keep our mind alive. There is a connection between being alive and food.

Have you ever felt happier and more energized after a bite from a sweet snack, or a candy bar?

A balanced diet is effective, it reduces poor performance, and prevents fatigue.
Some diet may influence your mood, put you in a good mood. Research says that food brings changes in both the body and the brain structure, which can lead to altered behavior.

We crave for some kinds of food because of our moods, we are also in our current mood because of the kind of food we ate.

What Kind of Food Affects Your Mood?

1. Protein

Eating proteinous meals can slow the absorption of carbohydrates in your blood and increase the release of dopamine and norepinephrine. These two hormones are being released to improve your mood and energy for several hours after eating. Examples are eggs, fish, and beans.

2. Vitamins

Vitamins D helps relieve mood disorder, such as seasonal affective disorder. Sunlight before sunscreen application is often the best source. Examples of Vitamin D: soy milk, egg yolk, low fat milk.

3. Fiber

Foods like complex carbohydrates can slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream and increase serotonin, the feel good chemical, both of which decrease mood swings.

Ensure you limit refined sugar and processed foods; it may contribute to feeling sluggish and lead to insulin imbalance. Eating too much refined sugar is linked to suffering from seasonal affective disorder, and eating disorders. There is no stable evidence of the link, but one of the symptoms of eating disorder is that there will no form of satisfaction in the kind of foods eaten.

An individual who is suffering from eating disorders will not be bothered about the nourishment, rather he/she will be bothered on how to feed his/her cravings.

Craving for sugar-rich foods or foods high in fat, can be brought about by stress, anxiety or depression.

It is true that your food is connected to your mood, which is why you have to ensure you eat a balanced diet at all times.

A rich food will enhance a good sleep. A rich food will help you keep fit.

Do you have any question concerning your mood and food? Do ask your question in the comments below and it will be attended to.

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