How Your Food Affects Your Mood

Nutritionists and doctors are persistent in asserting that a person’s eating habits go a long way in determining their risk of diseases. This is true. However, there is a bigger truth that they do not sensitize people about; that our moods are also affected by our choice of food!

This post is intended to inform you on this matter.

Today, bad moods are so common that there is now a condition known as mood disorder. We all have that one friend who is always angry. We meet enraged drivers on the roads. Impatient people exist at supermarket queues. Then there is that girl who is always crying. Psychologists are spending sleepless nights trying to uncover the causes and remedies to such while ignoring one of the biggest causes of bad moods; food.

The truth is that our moods depend on hormones, energy levels, and neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) that are in turn affected by the fats, vitamins, proteins, and minerals we consume. Remember the old saying that goes, “a hungry man is an angry man”? It is applicable in that when most people are hungry (low energy levels), they tend to lose their moods or become aggressive.

Foods that Improve your Mood
Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fats is a proven way of enhancing mood. They are present in fish, and especially cold-water fish. These fats are required by the brain for normal functioning as regulating moods. The brain is composed of 70 percent fat and uses it to reduce inflammation of brain cells, enhancing the adaptability (plasticity) of brain cells, and aids better communication of the same. Collectively, the presence of these fats enables the brain to function optimally, thus the good moods.

Spinach, brown rice, legumes and halibut contain glutamine, a building block of the GABA neurotransmitter responsible for filtering irrelevant information, thus keeping a person calm and focused.

Meats such as chicken, fish, turkey as well as eggs contain the essential amino acid tryptophan. This is a necessary building block of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for good moods.

Avocados, dairy products, almonds, sesame and pumpkin seeds consumed in the presence of vitamins C and B6 aid in creating tyrosine. This is a compound required for the synthesis of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that handles much of a person’s happiness.

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