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Food and Mood is a project with the primary aim of finding how what goes into our mouth can impact on our mood. Scientists have often said that “We are what we eat”, but how serious should we take this phrase? Food is an inevitable part of our lives and many people are only concerned about eating to stay alive. What if there is more to eating than just surviving? Inspired by these questions, this project was born to help find answers to some of these questions. By finding the relationship between what we eat and our mood, we can as well find a solution to some of the numerous mental health problems that many people go through, silently.
Food is an integral part of our life that we can hardly do without.
The research on food and mood focuses on the possibility of using nutrition to combat depression and anxiety
Comfort foods are considered a quick fix. They include snacks and drinks laced with sugar that can provide you with a burst of energy. While carbohydrates improve mood by slowly releasing energy to the brain, it is ok to resort to comfort foods if your neurotransmitters have gone off balance, according to an assistant professor and dietetics at St. Louis University, Joy Short. However, it has to be done in moderation.
Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at the New York University compares mood to a chemical set noting that if your entire system is balanced chemically, your mood will be too. Anemia, predominantly in women, leads to fatigue and depression. Heller also noted that majority of adults lack enough of the B vitamins. A study conducted in 2010 reported that women with a higher intake of B vitamins.
The food we eat has a huge impact on our mood and emotions.
If you compare the human body to a car, food is just like petroleum which is burned to produce energy. Without petrol, the car will not move. Likewise, without food, the human body will lack the energy to perform properly. In fact, there are several studies that have shown that hunger can make someone to be angry. If you ask many people the reason why they eat, their response will likely be “to live” – but in reality, it goes beyond that. Have you noticed that you get excited when you are served with your favorite dish? The mere sight of certain foods can cause the release of ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain like serotonin. While there are scientific studies that suggest there is a relationship between food and mood particularly happiness, the details on how this is achieved.
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