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Food not only saturates our body with proteins, fats and carbohydrates, but also affects our mood.
Doctors say that digestion is a psychophysiological process. In this case, the mucous membrane of the stomach and small intestine produces the hormones gastrin, secretin, cholecystokinin. Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream of the gastrointestinal tract, allowing the production of digestive juices, digestion and breakdown of food. The autonomic nervous system controls the process of digestion.
So for us, food means peace, enjoying the taste, smell and appearance of food. But the brain is responsible for the mood, not the stomach. A wholesome but ugly meal may not evoke positive emotions in many, but if the same dish is beautifully decorated and placed on a table with brightly colored fruits and vegetables, it will bring freshness and goodness.
Stimulating (e.g., epinephrine) and sedative (similar to serotonin) components are responsible for our emotional state. When they are in harmony, our mood is guaranteed to be good, but when this balance is disturbed, the mood drops.
Stimulants and sedatives are released independently by the body, but some types of products contain amino acids that are actively involved in the production of "joy hormone" - tryptophan-rich foods can correct this process. They can be consumed from 500 to 2000 milligrams per day.
So what are the products that contain large amounts of tryptophan? These are:
Nuts and grains
Dates, figs, plums
Brightly colored fruits (orange, apple)
Along with mood-boosting products, there are also mood-boosting ones. These are bread and confectionery: white bread, sweet cakes, dumplings, cake and more. While eating sweets is the most common and simple way to lift your mood, experts are urging you to refrain from indulging in it.