Mood Foods Affect How You Look And Feel

Research has proven that what you eat affects how you look and feel. Substances in food react with chemicals in your brain. Those reactions can make you feel tired, depressed and anxious or happy, alert and energetic. Deficiencies in certain nutrients can also cause a range of emotional disturbances. Or you may be sensitive to some chemicals used in preparing or preserving foods. You should be aware of how food affects your feelings since by changing the way you eat, you can give your mood the boost it needs.

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Certain Foods For Certain Days

Do you know why on certain days you're cool and calm and other days you feel nervous and jittery? Perhaps you should take a look at your diet to find out why your mood changes if there is no medical or emotional reason for your mood swings.

Studies have revealed that there is a definite link between food preferences and personality traits. Results indicated that positive people tend to prefer "milk type" foods. Those with pessimistic outlooks prefer sour or vinegary tasting foods.

Maybe you are what you eat. Studies show that a high protein, low carbohydrate meal will produce sharper wits than a high carbohydrate one. Within hours food affects your attention span, memory, and mood, according to research. In fact, some foods have such an impact they can be compared to drugs.

An entire book has been written about mood foods with emphasis on the theme of being who you are because of what you eat.

Look at your diet and determine when your mood changed

Bananas
Has anyone ever offered you a banana to cheer you up? They were not trying to make a monkey out of you. Bananas have been found to contain a chemical that is a mild mood enhancer.

Carrots
Carrots may be a mild sexual stimulant for women and sexual relaxant for men. The main importance of carrots is as a source of vitamin A. One carrot stick yields only 20 calories.

Chocolates
Have you ever wondered why chocolates are given on Valentine's Day? When you are in love your brain releases a chemical into your system - one that is found in chocolates. That's why when you't not getting real kisses your body may crave chocolate ones.

ALCOHOL

Alcohol can make you feel euphoric at first. Shortly thereafter, a strong depressant reaction sets in and you are fatigued and down. Too much alcohol can trigger a deficit of B-complex vitamin which increases depression.

SUGAR

Sweet, sugary snacks can give you an immediate surge of energy, but the effect is temporary. Nutritionist Annemarie Colbin, author of Dynamics of Food and Healing adds that sugar is a leading cause of depression, confusion, forgetfulness and poor concentration.

Teachers all over the country agree that the days following Halloween and Easter are the worst for pupils to concentrate and be alert in class. They have given up thinking that these will be productive days. Parents are advised to provide well-balanced diets high in protein to compensate for the sweets eaten by their children. They are better off eating a piece of chicken followed by a slice of cake that just eating a candy bar alone.

VITAMINS

Low levels of B complex vitamins which are linked to mood can lead to depression, fatigue, insomnia and mood shifts. Whole grain cereals, fish, poultry, wheat germs and green leafy vegetables are good sources. Vitamin C helps combat the harmful affects of stress. Citrus fruits containing the vitamins are energizing for the body. Studies suggest choline found in eggs, liver, and chicken soup can make you feel alert and improve memory.

MINERALS

Too little calcium, iron, potassium or magnesium can make you tired and irritable. To improve your mood, add calcium with low-fat dairy products, salmon, green leafy vegetables; iron with shellfish, lean meat, dried fish, potassium with bananas, melons, potatoes, and magnesium with whole grain bread, nuts and fruits.

PROTEINS

Foods such as fish, poultry, meat and cheese are excellent "wake up" foods. Protein foods contain amino acids which affect brain chemicals. Those can influence how you feel. Many help make you feel relaxed and at ease.

CARBOHYDRATES

A wonderful source of energy comes from complex carbohydrates found in whole grain breads and cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables. You should start your day with food high in carbohydrates to lift your blood sugar after an overnight drop. Because they're used so efficiently by the body all day long, carbohydrates eaten early in the morning can actually help you avoid the 4:00 p.m. slump.

Top Mood Boosting Foods

FOOD
BENEFIT
Apricots
Improve circulating that can lead to listlessness and confused thinking
Bananas
Prevent fatigue
Grapes
Necessary for alertness because they are high in vitamin A, C and B complex
Milk
Soothes nerves and promotes sound sleep since it is high in calcium
Oranges
High in vitamin C content, combat physical and mental weakness
Wheat Germ
Contains vitamins B and E, vital for a calm feeling.

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amontoyasa 5 years ago

I never knew that food can play a big role on how I feel. Thanks for this I will pay close attention to what I eat and what my family eats.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

amontoyasa, oh yes! Some foods will make us feel better and some foods will make us feel worse. Begin to monitor your mood after eating certain foods and see if you don't recognize a difference in your mood. Keep me posted.


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capncrunch 5 years ago from New Orleans

Somehow we all know that foods can alter our moods but we seem to ignore those factors. In this fast paced society we live in we use too many excuses not to eat foods that are better for us. Most of us are familiar with the hypo's and the hyper's, but what about all the other feelings we can experience. Great hub


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Thanks, capncrunch, you have spoken well. Thanks for reading and responding.


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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Very interesting content which I have found personally to be true. How about a hub on colors which also play a role in moods. Just a thought. Voted up and useful!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

RevLady, thank you for reading and responding and for the suggestion. One hub on how colors affect your moods coming up. I will write it and post it later today. Then I'll share my AdSense earnings with you. (smile)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very interesting hub! A few of these foods I knew about but the carrot one was very interesting. I think lately I need to load up on minerals as I am so tired lately. Thanks so much for the great information!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

revmjm: Great hub very usful information thank you. Observing our bodies for what effects us and how is always good to do.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Just Ask Susan and Dave, thanks for your comments about this article. Yes, different foods can affect our moods. We would be wise to monitor how our mood changes and determine which foods contributed to the mood swing.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I enjoyed your article about how food affects mood and sometimes behavior.

Good and useful information.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Tamarajo, thanks for reading and posting your comment about my article about food moods.


Marcella Glenn 5 years ago from PA

Yes, food does play a role in moods, and chow you feel. Excellent hub!


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Marcella Glenn; Thanks for reading and responding.


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Very interesting and good hub! I do enjoy food and the roles they play.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

einron, thanks for reading and responding. I am glad you found the article interesting.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Interesting Hub. I have to say I never really thought of food as a mood enhancer. But it's true. Thanks for the enjoyable read.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

suziecat7, yes food is a mood enhancer and so is color.

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-Colors-Affect-Your-Moo...

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