Get your smile back
Get back to mother nature and eat foods that will elevate your moods and make you happier.
February is generally a downright awful month (thank goodness it’s the shortest). It’s the month where singles are reminded that they are, well single. Most of the population is a bit miserable and still strapped from the ‘long’ month; January. With the heat that has reached boiling point and the drought percentage rising with each rise of the heat temperature.
Noradrenaline and Serotonin are chemicals in the brain that cause feelings of happiness and sadness.
Serotonin is a mood enhancer that controls pain, anxiety, panic, pleasure, arousal and sleep behavior. The more concentrated the levels of this chemicals the happier you feel.
Noradrenaline also elevates your mood but it also affects your emotional behavior including aggression, stress and sleep patterns.
To produce serotonin in the brain amino acid and trytophan are required. Carbohydrates are known to transport trytophan into the brain, thus increasing serotonin levels and enhancing your mood into the bloodstream and giving us energy. Theses carbohydrates are divided into two categories. High GI (Glycaemic Index) those that release their sugars quickly into the bloodstream, they are high speed carbohydrates. They cause the brain to release more serotonin, so we feel better after eating quick release carbohydrates, such as sweets, sports drinks, bread, potatoes and chips.
The problem with these carbohydrates, is that the calm feeling we experience only lasts for a short time, and the food we usually eat to make us feel better are also high in fat, and is quite dangerous for those who are watching their weight.
It has been suggested that eating slow release carbohydrates (Low GI) regularly helps maintain energy levels, moods and general wellbeing, and avoid the roller-coaster rides experienced high GI carbohydrates. In order to allow a little lift and avoid downers afterwards incorporate high GI carbohydrates, in conjunction with Low GI.
TIPS FOR YOU:
- Spend some time outdoors.
- (Fresh air can be therapeutic, and vitamin D from the sun is essential in helping to prevent oesteoporosis)
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, which helps reduce stress.
- Limit your fat intake
- Eat good breakfast.
- Check the ingredients in certain foods (snacks that contain tartrazine- can lead to memory problems, mood swings, eczema, asthma and hyperactivity)
- Stop smoking
- Don’t overeat as it can make you feel sluggish and depressed.
THESE ARE GOOD FOR YOU