Thursday, June 2, 2011
Food and Mood
The contents of your last meal affect which neurotransmitters are predominant in your brain.
Neurotransmitters are tiny proteins that electrically interconnect the nerve cells in the brain. At any given time
the mix of neurotransmitters in the brain will dictate your mood. What you eat, drink, and think affects which neurotransmitters are predominant. Coffee, wine, alcohol, milk, dehydration, sugar, protein, starch and fats change your mood.
If that seems like a stretch just think back to the morning after Halloween, were those kids behaving normal? They were affected by the sugar they ingested.
Starchy foods like pasta and potato and rice boosts the brain levels of serotonin which have a calming affect on the brain. Don't eat these for lunch if you have an important sales meeting after lunch.
Protein rich foods, meat, fish, eggs, poultry increase awareness by competing with the serotonin neurotransmitters and negating their affects.
Emotional Stress often leads people into starchy, sugary foods because of the way it makes you feel. To avoid the cycle of serotonin dominance ensure that lunch and snacks have a little bit of protein and starch mixed together. Avoid starch and sugar on it's own.