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Connection between food and mood

The today’s generation is unpleasantly addicted to internet and fast food. The addition to both of the items is seriously harmful for mind, body, character, and temperament leading to damaging personal and social life
Dr. Md. Enamul Hoque
Connection between food and mood

Food can change our mood. If we want to stay in good mood we should take good food.

Foods have been a fundamental source of energy for basic functionality of our body as well as for mind. According to paleoanthropologist Leslie Aiello, human body burns calories 27% faster than other animal, supplying our bigger, energy-hungry brain cells with the fuel they need to function at a higher complexity. Even when resting, the human brain requires 20% of a human’s energy; by comparison, an ape’s brain requires only 8%. It means that humans need more food, with more energy, and we need it frequently; but, the selection of foods is very important.

Our young generation is fond of fast food; so, they are very crazy, emotional and reactive in their personal, family and social life. Eating too many refined carbohydrates, high intakes of unhealthy, processed carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries, burger, etc. cause blood sugars to rise and fall rapidly. Researchers at Penn State University have found that poor eating habits can actually worsen a person's mood, especially among women who are concerned about how they eat.

The today’s generation is unpleasantly addicted to internet and fast food. The addition to both of the items is seriously harmful for mind, body, character, and temperament leading to damaging personal and social life. The girls and boys are often seen crowded in the pizza shops or fast food gallery. There is a strong relation among the fast food, internet, alcohol, and sexual crime and abuse. In recent time, the sexual crime and killing incidents of two girls in Kalabaghan and Mohammdpur may be the instances to be mentioned. The victims and the perpetrators both were addicted to alcohol, fast food and internet.

Fast foods will pave the way of your dying fast. The fact is that we are often our own worst enemies; and we sabotage our mental powers with bad lifestyle choices, suggests Professor Robert Logie, a psychologist at Edinburgh University. Smoking, drinking alcohol and eating too much fast-food are all excellent ways to diminish our brain power.

Food habit, not only does it provide the energy that our bodies need to function on a daily basis, but also to use for medicinal purposes—providing health benefits that boost immunity and overall mental wellness. According to Time Magazine, the nutrients in foods have been proven in numerous studies to support and improve health outcomes. For example, the vitamin C in oranges can increase the production of immune cells in the body, improving general immunity as well as the ability to fight autoimmune diseases like COVID-19 viruses. Likewise, the omega-3s found in fish oil can inhibit cancer tumors’ ability to grow new blood vessels. The list goes on and on, with food harnessing enormous power to make us healthier and help us stay healthier in the future.

As mentioned, besides, supporting our physical wellbeing, food can have a significant impact on our moods, and has the ability to improve our mental wellness. The move from “diet to delight” has been noted as early as the 15th century, when humans began noting and documenting the pleasures that food could bring for us. Whereas the concept of “eating for pleasure” had previously been unknown, shifting societal standards has allowed humans to, for the first time, really explore and play with the concept of preparing food for more than the sake of necessity.

According to BBC Food, serotonin regulates our mood and promotes sleep, and dopamine manages feelings of motivation, attention, and emotional reward. When we consider all of these impacts, it’s clear that food plays a major role in our daily emotions and wellbeing. Some people want to know what to eat, what not to eat, and how to do it. I am completely passionate about the power the food has to help us feel our best. Nourishing our cells from the inside out with nutrient dense, colorful, whole foods and doing so regularly throughout the day sets this foundation.

Without an understanding of why we eat and how it makes us feel, a preoccupation with what we eat can feel like a constant battle. There are three different types of hunger: stomach hunger, Mouth hunger, and Heart Hunger. Stomach hunger is physical hunger, when our body needs more fuel, mouth hunger being a craving for a certain taste, texture, or eating experience, and heart hunger is driven by emotion.

It might not be something we automatically think of when it comes to food and nutrition, but it is equally important in setting the stage for balance. Giving ourselves permission to enjoy food for more than just fuel, allows us to connect more deeply to ourselves and the world around us, and we are newly learning more and more just how key connection is for a full life!

If we stop eating fast food, replace drinks with water, stop drinking alcohol, and start exercising, it will help to lose weight, the most important is to get our insulin levels down, because insulin is what turns food into body fat and then we become hungry again. If insulin is low our body switches into fat burning mode rather than fat storing.

The writer is educational researcher and teacher educator. He is ex- professor of English.  Email: [email protected]

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