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Food affects mood
August 5, 2018, 11:29 am

Although a low-carbohydrate diet (high-protein diet) can be an effective diet-based approach for weight loss, its long-term effect on psychological functions, including mood and cognition might be very bad.

I have seen the effects personally when interacting with people who have changed their balanced diet (50 percent carbs, 25 percent protein and 25 percent fat) to pure a protein one. They are always show signs of being stressed and easily tempered.

You can see the  pre-menstrual carbohydrate cravings, experienced by 70percent of women and the usual binging of those who are on high-protein diets for more than 2 weeks.

Carbohydrates make us feel relaxed, focused, and always in a good mood.

Why??   Here is a short explanation of the reasons:

After consumption of a carbohydrate-rich meal, the hormone insulin is secreted. Insulin lowers the blood levels of most amino acids (the building blocks of protein), except for tryptophan (a precursor to serotonin). When there is a larger proportion of tryptophan, it enters the brain at a higher rate, thus boosting serotonin production.

Protein-rich food has been found to prevent serotonin production. Serotonin, this neurotransmitter, is the one responsible for elevating our mood. That is why, we feel sleepy, relaxed and satisfied after a rich carbohydrate meal.

If you go back to the food guide pyramid, you can see that the base (starch and bread) provides the highest food consumption. So a well-balanced and varied diet of 50 percent carbohydrates is the best dietary approach to take.

Another benefit of carbohydrates is their impact on wakefulness. High-carbs breakfast for example improves mental acuity, decreases fatigue, and makes you generally feel positive about life

You need to be energetic, healthy and happy while on a diet. The best choices of carbohydrate foods are always those that are high in fiber to prevent constipation. So go for whole grain breads, bran flakes, whole fruits, brown rice and pasta.

And don’t forget to limit fat consumption. Choose the unsaturated fat containing meals rather than fried fatty meals. Fatty foods make you feel tired and cause abdominal discomfort.

Top foods that boost your mood

Avocado: helps in keeping the receptors in your brain sensitive to serotonin.

Pineapple: The manganese and thiamin in pineapple help to relax and increase concentration.

Oatmeal: Triggers the release of serotonin, a hormone that relaxes you.

Whole grains:  Improve alertness, concentration and memory.

Chocolate: A stimulant that triggers the release of serotonin and endorphins

And the end, don’t go for any type of diet without asking an expert. Each kind of diet is specific for each one depending on the health case.

Hello, I was wondering if it is possible to lower your blood pressure with a healthy diet?  If so, how?

Every medical condition can be solved with food.  For your case, firstly, you need to watch your salt intake, not only the table salt in food or while cooking,  but also the products you buy from supermarkets, so the less sodium you see on the label, the better. Another step you need to take is to decrease all junk food as they are really high in sodium and can exceed your daily needs. Eat more fruits and veggies that are high in water and do not contain sodium. Lastly, don’t forget to drink a lot of water as water flushes all the toxins out of your body.

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