Did you know that there is a dramatic connection between your diet and your emotions? Foods you eat can influence your mood, by affecting the body’s metabolism, hormones and neurotransmitters (mood chemicals that are produced in the brain), and these in turn influence your emotions and energy. Here are some examples:
Consuming strawberries and magnesium rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, bananas, leafy greens and almonds can keep you calm and relaxed when you feel stressed. Also drinking a glass of wine can help reduce the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline and results in a more relaxed mood and an improved memory.
On the other hand, eating complex carbohydrates, fruits, foods rich in folic acid (asparagus, beans, peas, egg yolks, spinach and liver), foods rich in vitamin B6 (green leafy vegetables and seeds), foods rich in vitamin B12 (fish, poultry and meat), and foods rich in Omega 3 (fish, flaxseeds and oils) can make you happier and relieve depression by keeping homocysteine levels low and adrenaline levels high.
In addition to that, eating chocolate can also stimulate the release of serotonin into the body which produces a relaxed and happy feeling. This may explain why some people crave chocolate when they feel depressed!
To stay healthy and happy choose foods that keep you in a good mood.
Dietitian Dina Moghraby