Comfort Food and Emotions
Have you seen a winner? There are people around us who always look the best, make great decisions & are admired by many. They always achieve MORE than their peers.
I have seen a few of these species, and decided to be one of them. I researched and read plenty books and ultimately realized that to live such a wonderful & desirable life you need 3 things:
- Physical fitness
- Emotional balance
- Mental clarity
Today I want to focus on “Emotional Balance”. Have you heard of mood enhancing Food? Fruits & Vegetables that, when incorporated in our daily diet results in emotional stability & a positive feeling. To put it simply, its our comfort food. By ‘comfort’ I do not mean easy to cook, but the kind of food that makes us happy. These foods contain essential nutrients that the body needs to help us feel happier and healthier. I call it “Fuel for a happier me”.
Serotonin, also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine is a hormone in the pineal gland, the digestive tract, the central nervous system, and blood platelets. Serotonin plays an important part in the regulation of learning, mood, sleep and vasoconstriction (constriction of blood vessels). Experts say serotonin might also have an important role to play in moderating anxiety, migraine, vomiting and appetite.Carbohydrate-rich foods may cause serotonin to soar making us feel more relaxed and happier. But not all carbohydrates are made equal. Nutritionists recommend eating carbohydrates that are high in fiber and have low glycemic content. This includes carbohydrates coming from vegetables, fruits and even whole grains like popcorn.
Dark chocolate can also is made up of high levels phenylalanine. There are several clinical evidences suggesting that phenylalanine is a good treatment for depression as it enhances the production of serotonin in the brain.
Walnuts & Bananas are great sources for serotonin boosting magnesium. Magnesium is believed to stabilize a person’s mood by regulating blood sugar levels in the body. A dietary lack of magnesium, may result in symptoms related to depression such as insomnia, irritability, anxiety and agitation. Magnesium is also believed to elevate symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome.
Seafood such as Oysters are high in zinc. This mineral is proven to calm the body and stabilize mood.
For ladies who are feeling PMS-associated moodiness, eating yogurt might just be the cure and your comfort food.
Green tea contains theanine, which calms you and helps you maintain clear concentration and focus.Green tea’s modest amount of caffeine won’t send you into an angry rage, either; it’s gentler on your body than coffee.
Figured out your comfort food yet?