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Why does food affect your mood?

Good Food, Good Mood
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The mood of a person depends on the hormones secreted by his brain. These hormones are secreted in response to the specific stimuli the brain receives. Now the stimuli from food are generated either from our gut or our tongue.

  • When we consider the connection between the brain and the gut, it’s important to know that 90% of serotonin (hormone) receptors are located in the gut.
  • There is anatomical and physiologic two-way communication between the gut and brain via the vagus nerve.
  • The gut-brain axis offers us a greater understanding of the connection between diet and disease, including depression and anxiety.
  • Thus, the healthier the gut, the better the mood.
  • Canned foods, sugar-coated dried fruits, and salted meat product, soda, sugary or savory packaged snack foods, packaged breads, buns and pastries, fish or chicken nuggets, and instant noodle soups.
  • The above are examples of processed foods which are high in unhealthy fats, sugar, salt and artificial colours and sweeteners.
  • These kind of foods are extremely damaging to our gut and thus are responsible for various diseases which negatively affect our mood and even mild forms of depression.
  • Although it must be noted that the above foods are tasty and therefore provide short-lived instant pleasure.
  • Eating wholesome, fermented, fresh food may help keep our gut healthy and our mood happy.