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Food For Mind Body and Soul

Updated on July 13, 2011

What’s the secret to look young, feel young and live young? Well, it’s no great guarded secret that all you need to look, feel and live young is to have a beautiful mind, healthy body and a serene soul !But then, you will have to nosh your mind, body and soul with the right kind of food!

Food Pyramid

To boast of a healthy body, you have to eat right by consuming the food that has all the essential nutrients from the five groups, found in the Food Pyramid.

  • Whole grain foods and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, chicken, fish and nuts
  • Milk and diary products
  • Fats and sugar

For a sharp and clear mind it is important that you eat food that nourishes your brains, enhances your memory and elevates your mood . It has been proved that the foods we eat can sway our moods and frame of mind! Don’t we feel weak and inefficient when we are depressed ? That’s because, depression causes some parts of the brain to malfunction and hence, it is absolutely necessary to keep the brain fit and well nourished.

In a nutshell, this is how it works! Our brains produce chemicals, called neurotransmitters, such as, Serotonin, Dopamine and Epinephrine and these, neurotransmitters regulate our moods and emotions .The nutrients in the foods we eat, produce or decrease the production of these emotional neurotransmitter.

Serotonin is released by complex carbohydrates which alleviates depression, calms your nerves , induces sleep and reduces your appetite. Complex carbohydrates are found in -

  • Whole grains and starchy foods, such as pasta and potatoes
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Dark chocolate

Dopamine and Epinephrine: Protein stimulates the release of dopamine and epinephrine, which increase energy levels and alertness. Proteins are found in:

  • Poultry ,fish and eggs
  • Dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese,
  • All types of beans
  • Tofu and peanut butter

In addition to the above mentioned, you need:

  • Foods which contain B complex vitamin like liver,meat,green leafy vegetables,brewer's yeast,wheat germ and molasses that helps improve memory and concentration .Marmite and Vegemite are also a rich source of vitamin B complex.
  • Essential fats that promote the absorption of nutrients into cells.These essential fats can be found in nuts, seeds (pumpkin, sesame and sunflower), oily fish like Tuna and oils such as Olive oil.
  • A definite must is the healthy omega-3 fatty acid which are found in fish oil like salmon, mackerel, herring, and light tuna. Not a fish eater? Go for foods fortified with DHA ,a fatty acid found in eggs, yogurt, milk, and soy products.

Last but not the least,a good meal soothes the soul as it stimulates the body!Thus, including a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits gives satisfaction to the soul. When you eat right, you have a healthy body and a creative mind ,thus your soul is naturally at peace. Moreover, remember that just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul,so laugh your heart out for a tranquil soul!

Finally, the best method to keep the brain fit is by meditation or yoga . But then , since meditation and yoga are all about controlling your mind, your brains have to be nourished properly so that you are able to concentrate. Only after you control your brain , can you attempt to control your mind!

Some random important tips:

  • Few cloves of garlic taken everyday can provide immunity against many kinds of cancer.
  • Onions can lower blood cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.
  • Lycopene in tomatoes can ward off cancer.
  • Spinach and oranges keep depression at bay
  • Eat on time and never miss your breakfast
  • Drink at least 6 glasses of water everday

In conclusion, for healthy body, creative mind and a peaceful soul do not take the advice of the cartoonist,Jim Davis ,'Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.’


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      bbertathar 4 years ago

      Your blogs are easily accessible and quite enlightening so keep doing the amazing work guys.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is a good hub to be read by everyone. I try to eat a nutritious diet and avoid meat. We are what we eat! Thank you for valuable information. Rated up

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Laila Rajaratnam. Hi. What a great hub, packed full of wonderful information and ideas, some of which is new to me.

      We do eat lots of vege,fish and chicken plus fresh fruit salad on a regular basis, but after reading your hub will have to add cloves and a little more onion.

      Thank you so much for sharing it with us, will need to read it again to make sure I got it right. :) :)

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      shanekruger 8 years ago

      Nice informative hub, thanks, it reminds me of adjusting my diet menu

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      I'm going to print this out and put it on my refrigerator!

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      Compu-Smart 8 years ago from London UK

      Hi Laila,

      That ladys way is Interseting although i wont be doing!!

      Before i tried the cooking of the clove which i did once, i tried eating the whole clove raw and nearly choked myself to death! and was on the verge of throwing up!

      I have now purchased garlic and ginger from a health shop as capsules! Much easier!!:)

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      Laila Rajaratnam 9 years ago from India

      Tony..sounds great!Thanks for the tip!For us, all our cooking contain garlic and ginger,so consuming garlic and ginger on dailiy basis is no prob.Whereas I know a lady,who eats just 2 cloves of plain garlic each morning before breakfast .I dont think I can do that..LOL!Anyway,she also soaks garlic cloves in salt and after 2 days, bottles them and eats a few cloves along with her lunch or whatever.But,I'm sort of quite content with the garlic and cloves in the gravy!:) I think I will like it cooked in olive oil like you mentioned!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!:)

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK


      So, I slightly cook the garlic on its own in a little olive oil for about 30 seconds and add the ginger, so it will be much easier to eat!

      Thanks Google!!;)

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Hi Laila,

      Thanks for sharing! Im such a dumb @ss when it comes to nutrition and food so this is really helpful!

      Regarding garlic and Ginger!! I dont ever cook! so,whats the best way to consume them, and how many cloves per day!? a few, im assuming is 3? and how much Garlic?


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      Laila Rajaratnam 9 years ago from India

      Shalini..thanks for dropping by!:)Happy Easter to you all too..Yes,I'll tell mom!Thanks!:)

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      Laila Rajaratnam 9 years ago from India

      Thanks Anjali! Regarding the photography..Hilltrecker takes such amazing pics that I've requested her to give me some tips as my scenery pics are so miserabe!:)

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      Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

      Great nutrition hub Laila - missed seeing you around - Happy Easter to all - a special wish from my Mum to yours :)

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      anjalichugh 9 years ago from New York

      Well done laila. And what is this about photography? Something you would like to share?

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      Laila Rajaratnam 9 years ago from India

      Princessa and Laughing Mom ... thanks for the appreciation! :)

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      Laughing Mom 9 years ago

      Such good information, Laila!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Very good information Laila :)

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      Laila Rajaratnam 9 years ago from India

      Thank you so much,hilltrekker! My photography is at standstill..will start again,soon! :)

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      hilltrekker 9 years ago

      Hi Laila, a nice and nuritious' hub. Happy to see you back. How is your photography going on?