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Change Your Mood with Food

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:02am

Change Your Mood with FoodHave you ever had one of those days? You know, days where you are mad at the world and wanted nobody within a four foot radius of you? How about the days where you are full of pep and ready to take on any challenge? This may seem strange, but it’s been reported that these moods may beinfluencedby food.

The body communicates with the brain by sending chemical signals which trigger certain responses. These signals are known as neurotransmitters and are responsible for everything from the feeling of fullness after a meal to the sweaty palms you got in junior high school when the girl you had a crush on came near. Nutrients contain precursors which produce certain neurotransmitters, so depending on what you ate, you may have more or less of certain neurotransmitters in your system at any given time.

For example, carbohydrates are associated with relaxation. Carbs trigger the release of insulin into the body, removing amino acids, which are known to boost alertness energy. The amino acid tryptophan is not removed, however, resulting in drowsiness.

Caffeine, the stimulant that it is, can act as an antidepressant, taken in small doses. Remember that caffeine is a diuretic and in addition can have harmful side effects if taken in larger amounts over time, such as reducing the amount of calcium in the body.

The next time you find yourself in an undesirable mood, perhaps you should take time out for a snack. The right food may change your attitude.

Written by:Donnell Peavy

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