Have you ever thought that maybe the food you eat controls your emotions? It turns out that the types of food you eat can release different hormones or neurotransmitters that will change affect you mood. Sugars will often negatively impact your mood. Whereas proteins will do just the opposite. All types of foods will affect you in different ways, whether that is positive or negative.
Sugar. Sugar is something that we don’t seem to be able to live without. You may think that sugar is a good thing for your emotional health. Well, sorry to burst you bubble, but it’s not. Refined white sugar actually lacks the essential minerals and B-vitamins for your metabolism. Thus causing emotional outbreaks and a high blood sugar. Although, if you want to eat fresh fruits that are naturally high in sugars, you can go right ahead. Natural sugars from fresh, unprocessed foods are perfect for your body and late night studying. So next time you’re cramming for a test, grab an apple instead of that energy drink.
Carbohydrates such as bread, cereal, and pasta are actually very beneficial to your body. Breads, pastas, and cereals temporarily increase serotonin. Serotonin helps control appetite. It causes you to feel full and prevents overeating. Serotonin is also essential in regulating moods. Low carb diets aren’t always a healthy way to go, as your body will feel the impact of lower serotonin levels. Carbs also cause you mind to be more alert and allows you to focus for longer periods of time.
You may want to avoid gluten as well. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. It can negatively impact your mood and overall brain health. There have been a couple studies that have shown a detrimental effect on mood, causing a possibility of depression and some serious health problems like schizophrenia. Gluten isn’t all that healthy, but it isn’t guaranteed that you will develop such extreme issues.
When you think back, do you remember eating sugary foods before a day of mood swings and anger? Or maybe you were able to stay awake longer while studying because you ate some watermelon as a snack? Well, that’s all because of science. Due to the fact that food releases neurotransmitters in your mind, you can control you mood by just eating the right foods. What will you choose to eat today?
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