Mood and Food - Eat Right, Stay Bright!
How does food affect mood?
Your brain sends its messages across using chemicals called neurotransmitters which are made from the food you consume. Now neurotransmitters like, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine are extremely sensitive to your diet.
Now, if you are wondering what they do..Dopamine and Norepinephrine help us react and think quickly. Production of these neurotransmitter leads us to become alert, attentive, focused and mentally energetic. On the other hand Serotonin acts as a moderator when we are stressed. On the bright side they help in calming us but also makes us feel sleepy and sluggish! Now they tell me! Only if I had known this earlier, I could have used it to make a better excuse when I got caught nodding off at the office!!!
Here is a mod food chart that will tell you how and which food affects you r mood in what way.
The Mood Food Chart
Mood food for Calmness
Have carbohydrate without protein on a day that you know its important to keep your cool. Try eating the following mood food: Brown rice, buckwheat, whole-grain rye bread, sourdough rye bread, pita bread, sweet potato, most wheat pastas.
Mood food to become Energetic
The trick is to consume food that will give the body continuous fuel as well as those mood foods that increase the production of neurotransmitters responsible for alertness: Oranges, apples, soy milk, yogurt and tuna. This might just help impress your son at the next fathers baseball games!:-)!Avoid fatty food as they can make you sluggish!
Mood food for a joyful day!:-)
Now this is something I need on those extremely bad days at work!! Salmon with its omega 3 acids and Vitamin B12, Banana with its Vitamin B6 and Chicken liver with its folic acid can all keep me and you happy! Try avoiding alcohol and birth control pills, as both can deplete chemicals needed for your well being.
Mood food for the mentally slow!
This is the food you need to feed those slightly slow friends of yours! :-)! Eggs, milk, liver, beef, prunes, oatmeal can all help you remain mentally alert and active.
Mood food for your libido!
Last but not the least the mood food that adds to the nights of passion! Nuts, Chocolate, Eggs and meat.
Armed with info about mood food, the next time you get depressed or exhilarated for no reason; don't blame it all on PMS or yourself. Your mood fluctuation can probably be traced back to the type of mood food you consumed. Why don't you resolve right now to eat right and stay bright!!