Food affects your overall health and your mood too. How? Read to know.
Dal and chapati
You have troubles keeping awake and desperately want to work for another couple of hours? Binge on food rich in protein because protein provides tyrosine to the brain that stimulates the production of chemicals that promote alertness and heightens concentration. For instance, for lunch, you may pack dal and chapati.
Avoid junk foods because they fog your brain and inhibit the release of chemicals needed to help our brain stay active, alert and sharp.
Cool yourself off by consuming foods that have a cooling effect on your body. For instance you can try eating cucumber, having a bowl of yogurt and drinking a chilled glass of milk.
Another perfect way of managing anger is turning to green tea. Researchers at Tohoku University Graduate School carried out a research and found out that those who had green tea were less stressed out and less aggressive. They attribute the calming effect to theanine which has a tranquilizing effect on the brain. Consequently it results in production of alpha brain waves that induces a relaxed state of mind. Additionally, they concluded that theanine alters the levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
Complex carbohydrate rich food
You might be anxious before your exam or before going for an interview. But foods can benefit you and reduce your highly anxious state of mind. Here is what you can eat and feel good.
Complex carbohydrate rich food takes much longer time to be digested and tends to make us feel full and content. This can in a way regulate our blood pressure, sugar levels and reduce anxiety.
Turn to water and keep yourself hydrated because it dilutes and neutralises excessive enzymes and hormones secreted in the body.
Feeling the jitters as you get closer to the big interview or a date? “Simply sip on some lime water or dig into your favourite dish of potatoes,” Setalvad says. These are rich in B complex and vitamin C that helps you relax. “However, try to avoid fried food or caffeine,” she warns as they can only alleviate your anxiety. “Protein rich foods like grilled chicken or grilled paneer can also help you get over jittery nerves,” says Gaikwad. Protein helps your body to create dopamine, which makes you alert she explains.
Endorphins can produce a positive mood effect and in turn, reduce stress levels. According to a study conducted by researchers in Switzerland and their study published in the Journal of Proteome Research pronounces that eating 1.4 ounces of chocolate has enough power to lower cortisol and catecholamines levels.
Sugar in chocolate is associated with a release of serotonin, phenylethylamine and fat that can lead to the release of endorphins. This combination is capable of producing an effect and reduces stress. So, pull out that dark chocolate bar which is hiding in the desk drawer.
Bananas and apricots
Source of sadness in your life can be many. It may be because of a disturbed relationship, trauma in the family or simply a bad hair day. To feel good grab foods rich in magnesium such as bananas and apricots. You may also be consuming folic acid which is present in spinach or maybe say a glass of orange juice.
Include vitamin D in your diet because it will stimulate the production of serotonin which is a feel-good-hormone that will keep you happy and relaxed. For that you can turn to mushrooms, low-fat fortified milk, and cereals or even take vitamin D supplement; for latter, however, consult a doctor.
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