Food and mood: consume this food to improve your mood
Food and Mood, two words that are interconnected to each other. Your mood will affect the food you eat and that food will affect your mood. Often people say that when they are stressed or in a bad mood they will consume an excessive amount of food, or alternatively lose their appetite.1
Why is this the case? Inside the body there are physiological stressors which impact one’s mood.2 There is also the hormone serotonin which functions to regulate one’s appetite and mood.3 Then how does food impact mood? Based on research, it is known that the amount of glucose in the blood can affect someone’s mood.
Let’s see some food that affects one’s mood.
Tea: feel calmer
The tannin content in tea will cause a sense of relaxation. Tannin will affect serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain which produces feelings of calmness and happiness.
Coffee: overcome stress
Coffee will increase blood flow in the brain and refresh the mind. A study at Harvard said that consuming caffeinated coffee could reduce the risk of depression in women. Coffee contains caffeine which affects the activities of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis impacts the body’s ability to manage and overcome stress.4
Chocolate: boos your mood
Chocolate can cause endocrine glands to release a hormone which increases the likelihood of happy feelings and behavior. Research by James shows that cocoa contains polyphenols which help to reduce symptoms of depression and plays a role in antioxidant potential.
Beans and nuts; improve your mood
Beans and nuts are great sources of mood-boosting nutrients. Research shows that eating beans and nuts will help balance one’s mood.
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4 Halder S, Khaled KL. An Extensive Review on the Relationship between Food and Mood. Int J Sci Res. 2016;5(5):1750–5.
Editor: Siti Nur Hayati
English Translator: Trey Spadone
Reviewer: M. Taufiq Affandi, M.Sc.
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