Health & Fitness - Mental
Right Food For Right Mood

by Mahek Chandak
Research experts confirm that positive and negative changes in our behavior occur as a result of many brain chemicals. In case a person doesn't follow a proper diet enriched with suitable nutrients, the brain chemicals suffer in negative manner which can cause stress and even push a person into depression.
According to an observation made by research experts, positive and negative changes in our behaviour occur as a result of many brain chemicals. For many kinds of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphin, glutamine and serotonin we need to have nutrients such as amino acids, minerals, fatty acids, protein and carbohydrate in our daily diet. In case a person doesn't follow a proper diet enriched with such nutrients, the brain chemicals suffer in negative manner and as a result person feels stressed and can even enter into depression. 

Regulating blood sugar level

Eating small quantity of food and healthy snacks in small intervals helps us to maintain the blood sugar level the whole day. According to experts, instead of having three heavy meals a day, person should opt for five small meals. One should not miss out on their daytime meals and especially the breakfast. Food rich in carbohydrates helps in increasing the level of serotonin in our body. Serotonin is one neurotransmitter which keeps our mood pleasant and stress free. It also helps in curing the problem of insomnia and increases our appetite. Sugary food should be taken in minimal amount since for once they do increase our blood sugar level all of a sudden which lowers down quickly. Low level blood sugar makes us feel tired, irritable and tensed.

Food rich in amino acids

Experts believe that whenever a person feels sad and dejected, he should have food which is rich in amino acids like milk, chicken etc. Amino acid increases the production of serotonin hormone which keeps our mood good. Apart from that one can also take food rich in carbohydrates. Health experts advice to have a balanced diet and not to follow any such diet plan which prohibits any kind of food or nutrient.

Stay away alcohol and caffeine

It has been observed that few people tend to drink alcohol so as to distract their minds and keep it free from thoughts creating tension in their minds. This practice surely doesn't solve a person's problem and in turn affects the health of the person. In one of the researches it has been found out that not only alcohol but caffeinated drinks and liquids induce depression. Liquids containing alcohol or caffeine negatively affect person's sleep, mood and ability to focus.

Intake of good amount of fruits and green leafy vegetables

It has been found out that one of the reasons of depression in a person can be lack of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in his diet. Food must be rich in vitamin B6 (all types of grains, potato and banana), vitamin B12 (all kinds of low fat dairy products), folic acid (all types of green vegetables, oranges, beans and dry fruits), vitamin C (lemon and all kinds of citrus fruits) etc. They not only make our mood better but also keep us free from stress and tension.

Intake of fats is crucial

According to experts our food must contain some amount of fats. Fats play an important role in making our mood better and also channelise production of hormones required for a healthy mind. As per cardiologists mono-saturated fatty acids are beneficial in case of heart diseases since it lowers down the level of LDL cholesterol. Thus, our food should include groundnut oil, olive oil, almonds, cashewnuts, melon seeds etc. Saturated fats such as butter, margarine should not be taken in excess. According to a recent research, it is due to low amount of omega-3 fatty acids in body that a person highly likely gets into depression. Walnuts and flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acid.

Active body and active mind

According to health experts, exercising generates endorphin hormone in our body which has a positive impact on our mood. A person must do minimum 20 minutes of physical activity like workout or sports in a day. This not only has good impact on our health but also keeps us away from tension and stress. Thus, howsoever busy you are, exercise is must.

Mahek Chandak is a lawyer by profession and a cook by hobby

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