Foods influence on a positive state of mind

March 18, 2009

Diets & Nutrition

What you eat influences your state of mind. And if you eat right you can kiss goodbye to negative states of being like depression, tantrums and sudden cravings.

Everybody knows that chocolate has a positive effect on us. But it isn’t the only food that has such a benefic effect on us. Now you can get on a diet that will boost your morale and help your neurons. And the best part is that you can follow it by indulging in it.

If you suffer from dispersed focus, irritability, low energy, negative thoughts, then you should look no further than your plate to find the source of all that. If you, like many more others, skip the breakfast, eat on the run during the day and snack something late in the night while watching television, then you are sole responsible for the negative states you have experienced. What you eat and how you eat it has a direct influence on your state of being , your moral and intellectual performance.

If you want to use your brain to its maximum capacity then you need to closely examine the quality of the fuel that you give it. The components of the fuel are protein, carbohydrates and lipids. For achieving peak functioning conditions the body needs vitamins and minerals at every meal, daily.

You should eat foods that free energy at a slow pace. The brain need a constant and stable of glucose so that it can produce the hormones of feeling good. Start the day with a bowl of cereals, eat a fruit and for lunch pastas, potatoes or oat bread should not miss from the plate.

Avoid long periods of time without eating something. They lead to a drop of sugar in the blood creating a irritable mood, followed by the tendency to eat sweets or fats which in turn get stored in the form of excess pounds to your weight. The weight gain will make you depressed which will make you in turn eat more and so one…

Increase the level of folic acid. This vitamin B is crucial for the creation of the neurotransmitters of “happiness” like serotonin and endorphins. Eat green fruits and vegetables like broccoli and spinach, black beans and whole grain bread. Also you can buy cereals enriched with folic acid.

Drink lots and lots of water. You should drink at least 6 to 8 cups of water per day. If you drink less then you run the risk of dehydration even if it’s not summer. Dehydration leads to some moods swings and headaches which can be takes for signs of a light depression. And speaking of drinking, take it easy with the alcohol. It is the surest path to the destruction of your emotional equilibrium.

Yogurt, fruits and biscuits will give you energy

To feel in a good mood means to be full of energy. Eating less than your body needs at one of the meals increase the risk that, in the following hours, your brain will function more slowly. You won’t manage to focus, it will take you 3 hours to arrange some files, every remark made by your colleagues will annoy you. The solution is easy. Make time for a light snack to recharge your batteries. An apple, banana, 2-3 biscuits or a slice of bread with cheese, butter or honey will make you feel better and help out your neurons. Milk, yogurt, and cheeses are rich in calcium and magnesium, minerals that help strengthen worn out nerves and ensure a peaceful sleep. Also it is good to drink a coca-cola like drink when you feel your energy level dropping.

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Chocolate and sweets: the weapons against the blues

Sweets are a quick an efficient way of offering to ourselves an anti-depressive snack. From instinct it seems that women crave sweets when they are overwhelmed by sadness. The attraction towards the sweet delights increases during the premenstrual period or in the winter months. It’s not a shame to crumble in front of the temptation of eating sweets. Sweets improve instantly the energy level and give an instant morale boost. But be careful not to enter in a vicious circle in which sweets are the cure and the culprits for your feeling bad. Don’t get trapped in “I suffer then I eat sweets to feel better, which makes me fat and more depressed, so I eat more sweets as a result.” The first step in not getting trapped in the vicious circle is not blaming your-self. That is the right attitude because there is no harm in pleasuring your-self. On the contrary your brain will receive the message, will produce more endorphins and your body won’t pay the price in pounds if you eat less at the meal that follows the sweet indulgence.

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Also avoid the boomerang effect of fast sweets. A couple of hours after they are eaten the sugar rush ends making your energy level drop also. To stop this from happening don’t drink sweet drinks and complete the eating of the sweets with carbohydrates which ensure the continuation of the energy flux. For example eat the chocolate with a fruit or a whole grain slice of bread.

Green vegetables and eggs contain essential vitamins

The lack of some vitamins, like B9 and B12, could favor the apparition of depression. To keep a high spirit and a peak health bill then you need to supply your body with the necessary vitamins. B9 can be found in green vegetables and fruits and B12 in beef, fish and eggs.

Nuts and fish: the good fats

Nuts and fatty fish like tuna, salmon and sardines, are rich in omega 3 fats. Omega 3 improves the brain faculty of storing information. Eat form time to time nuts and hazelnuts and eat fish for at least 2 times a week.

Cholesterol: benefic for the neurons

The excess of cholesterol can be the source of cerebral and vascular accidents, and in that regard is bad for the brain. But reducing the cholesterol level when it is normal can be as dangerous as when you have high cholesterol. A recent study has shown that the risk of suicide multiplies three times in the ranks of men who have a low level of cholesterol. This effect is explained by the crucial role that cholesterol plays at the level of membranes and neuronal metabolism. A depletion of cholesterol might affect the effect of serotonin, a neurotransmitter made by the brain playing a key part in maintaining a positive outlook.

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