Look before you eat: Food affects daily attitude

Food and mood may seem like merely words that rhyme, but these terms are more connected than people think.

The brain and the body are constantly communicating with each other, with the brain telling the stomach how hungry or full the body is, and whether someone has a sugar or salt craving. Different foods cause new signals to be sent back and forth.

“[Food] affects the body’s metabolism, hormones, and neurotransmitters [chemical messengers], and these, in turn, influence our emotions, concentration, and energy,” Nishi Dhawan, co-founder of the Westcoast Women’s Clinic in Vancouver said in an interview with Best Health Magazine Canada.

For example, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and eggs are packed with vitamin B. Vitamin B creates serotonin, a neurotransmitter that calms and reduces anxiety. Fish and flaxseed contain omega-3 acids that relieve depression.

“Studies have shown you can predict a country’s rate of depression by its seafood intake. The more fish the population eats, the lower its suicide and homicide rates,” Patrick Holford, British nutritionist and author of numerous health books said in an interview with Best Health United States.

According to Best Health Magazine Canada, spinach, bell peppers, clams, and seafood are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C assists with iron absorption, which boosts energy levels.

Additionally, chocolate induces pleasant feelings and reduces tension. Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and improves mood, according to “The Health Benefits of Dark Versus Milk Chocolate” by Jessica Bruso.

Foods abundant in protein, vitamins, and fiber slow the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates into the bloodstream, according to Healthline Networks. Healthy diets like these put people into a positive state of mind.