Mood Food is a gastronomic trend that takes into account those foods that favor the creation of substances that generate well-being in people
For those who do not yet know the gastronomic trend Mood Food, it consists of consuming foods that activate certain brain neurotransmitters, directly related to pleasure and happiness.
The human body is capable of manufacturing a series of hormones that directly influence people's moods. Among them is serotonin, also known as the ' pleasure hormones '. And curiously, this substance is found in some foods, so its consumption contributes directly to improving our mood.
In short, serotonin, along with some amino acids such as tryptophan, or vitamins such as B1, B6 and B12 must be present in our body if we want to avoid irritability as much as possible and enhance good feelings. And through our diet, we can contribute to increasing its level in our body.
We review to what extent these substances influence our mood and happiness, and share the foods in which they are found to the greatest extent. Are you joining the Mood Food trend?
With Mood Food we take into account the substances that produce well-being
Tryptophan is an amino acid precursor to serotonin. This means that, for our body to manufacture serotonin by itself, it must find high levels of tryptophan in the blood. There are tryptophan tablets as such, which obviously provide us with a greater amount of this substance, but we can also find tryptophan (in lesser quantity) in many foods.
As we have already advanced, serotonin is a neurotransmitter monoamine that is capable of acting as an inhibitor of anger, pressure or bad mood. These states are directly related to depressive processes, so a good level of serotonin in our body will help us avoid them.
Foods rich in tryptophan are involved in the serotonin production process, so they should be taken into account.
Some foods that contain tryptophan
· Lean meat (chicken and turkey)
· Blue fish
However, the process is not as simple as taking walnuts, they cause us a tryptophan high, we generate serotonin and suddenly we are much happier than five minutes ago. No, this does not work like that.
To begin, the brain can only absorb tryptophan, so that this in turn create serotonin, if this is associated with carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium or vitamin B. So along with the foods that I mentioned above we must also consume some extra sugar. This causes our bodies to produce insulin, which makes neurons in the brain receptive to the absorption of tryptophan to generate serotonin.
That is, in a short term we can control our mood to a certain extent with the intake of specific food. But in the long term, it is best that we carry out a balanced diet, rich in foods with tryptophan, yes, but with blood sugar control to avoid diseases and weight gain.
In addition, other substances that should not be lacking in our body are B vitamins, especially B9 and B12.
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