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Feeling blue? Blame your food.

Ok so the title is a little misleading. You shouldn’t blame your food for the reason why you may be in such a sad sappy mood, but your mood can be greatly influenced by the foods you consume. This influence happens chemically and physically. Let’s start with the chemical reaction in the brain.

In the brain…

Many components that make up food influence key parts of the brain such as amino acids and fatty acids. These substances actually catalyze the release of chemicals such as serotonin or dopamine (which are responsible for that happy feeling). Vitamins such as B and D also help with serotonin levels in order to help stabilize mood.

In the body…

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates (complex and simple ones like cookies) often give a person the feeling of cookies-1805_640happiness. Carbohydrates influence the serotonin in the brain. Also, carbs like pasta and bread often fill the stomach up pretty quickly and gives the satisfaction of fullness. Full stomach and happy brain means that you feel happy all over.

Protein

Like carbs, protein makes you feel satiated for longer.  The omegas found in nuts also help stabilize the brain. The body also loves the fat and feels as though it is not going into starvation mode. The result means you feel in a good mood and not hungry.

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Vitamins/Minerals

There are many vitamins and minerals that are good for you, but there are certain ones that definitely help with your mood. Vitamin B and Vitamin D are great for immunity and energy boosting.

Now with all this info in mind, you may be thinking that eating some fatty, vitamin blueenriched sweet carb will help make you happier, but chances are that it wont. And any happiness probably will be extremely short lived. Simple carbs like white bread and sweets may make you feel good by giving you a sugar rush and filling you up quickly but in few hours you’re hungry and perhaps even feeling depressed that you ate something unhealthy.  It’s important maintain a healthy diet that is full of fruits, vegetables, fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates. A healthier diet means more energy for more activities that, like foods, stimulate feelings of happiness.

Remember to take your time when creating a well balanced for yourself and your sure to find your inner peace, love and coconuts.

 – Nalani

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