Food For Mood
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
- Dalai Lama XIV
Science says the brain weighs only 2% of our body weight but consumes 20% of the body's energy. When we say, we feel ecstatic or gloomy, it's actually our brain that feels all those emotions. There are chemicals that are released in our brain which triggers all the emotions we feel. For example, Dopamine, which is known to make us happy, endorphins makes us calm, and serotonin stabilizes the mood. Now the significant question is how these chemicals reach our body and the simple answer is by the food we eat.
The food we consume directly affects our moods and energy levels. That is why doctors and health experts always emphasize on a balanced and healthy diet. It is also important to know which food should be consumed at what time of the day. Because wrong consumption timing can make you sleepy in the middle of the day and completely alert at night.
The nuts and seeds are a good source of omega3 fatty acids, which is crucial for overall brain health. For non-vegetarians fish is an excellent source. A protein-rich food makes you more alert, which is why it is suggested to consume in good quantity at breakfast. Eggs, almonds, curd, wheat, contains a good quantity of protein. Honey, dark chocolates, walnuts actually make you happy. Then there are fibers and complex carbs which helps you with a goodnight's sleep. They are found in whole grains and vegetables. On the other hand, the bad fats, carbohydrates, and proteins when consumed in late-night dinner can elude your sleep. Cold drinks, fast food, and highly processed food can severely degenerate the brain's health and disturb the sleep cycle.
A healthy brain requires an amalgamation of several nutrients, amino acids, proteins, and much more. But the same food consumed at the wrong timing will have bad effects. Therefore quantity, quality, and timing, all three matters. So when the mother says, drink a glass of milk before bed, listen to her. Or when parents tell you to eat a good breakfast, that is your own good. And remember a happy brain, create a happy body, and make a happy you.
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