Best Foods for a Better Mood

Foods that contain tryptophan, an amino acid, help to improve our mood. Our body uses this tryptophan to produce serotonin, which in turn makes us feel good. Without serotonin production, we feel down and low. Unless we get enough tryptophan through our diet, we will suffer due to a lowered level of serotonin production. Low levels of serotonin production are associated with anxiety, mood disorders, cravings and irritable bowel syndrome. The foods that have the highest levels of tryptophan in them are: mung beans, turkey, lobster, sunflower seeds, asparagus, tofu, pineapple, cottage cheese, spinach, and banana. There are books written with about recipes that are designed to solve serotonin deficiency in our body without the intervention of any drugs. Carbohydrates play an active role in tryptophan absorption in our brain, and cravings for carbohydrate rich foods are an indication of that subconscious drive of ours to try to increase serotonin levels. Carbohydrates such as oats are slow releasing and help tryptophan absorption through the blood-brain barrier without actually creating a recoil in the hypoglycemic dip. Oats are known for their low glycemic index and are more helpful in this task. Bananas trigger serotonin production in our bod they are a rich source of potassium and are also rich in amino acids. Blueberries, pineapple and avocado which are rich in antioxidants, folate and vitamin B, provide tryptophan to produce serotonin in our body. Seafood that is rich in omega-3s is known to bring down the symptoms of depression in our brain. Tuna and salmon, prawns, and lobster crabs are particularly rich in vitamin B, zinc, and magnesium which can help our brain produce the chemicals that make us feel good. Legumes are rich in proteins but have no fat in […]
By |September 20th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

The Best and Worst Foods for Digestion

We are always asked which foods are good for digestion, and which one’s should be placed on the avoid eating list.  Our breakdown is as follows High-fat and fried food Worst Both high-fat and fried food can overwhelm the stomach, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn. High-fat food also can result in pale-colored stool, a phenomenon called steatorrhea, which is essentially excess fat in the feces. A lot of people with irritable bowel syndrome need to stay away from foods high in fat, she says, including butter and cream because they can cause digestive problems. Chili peppers Worst This staple of spicy cuisine can irritate the esophagus and lead to heartburn pain. Dairy Worst You need calcium in your diet, and an easy way to get it is from dairy products such as milk and cheese. But, for the lactose intolerant, these can cause diarrhea, gas, and abdominal bloating and cramps. If you’re lactose intolerant, staying away from dairy is probably your best bet. Alcohol Worst Alcohol relaxes the body, but, unfortunately, it also relaxes the esophageal sphincter. This can lead to acid reflux or heartburn. Drinking also can inflame the stomach lining, impairing certain enzymes and preventing nutrients from being absorbed, Anderson says. Too much alcohol can cause diarrhea and cramping, but unless you have a gastrointestinal disorder, moderate amounts of alcohol shouldn’t irritate the digestive tract. Berries Worst Berries are good for your health, but ones with tiny seeds can be a problem for people who have diverticulitis, or pockets that develop in the intestine (usually the large intestine) that become inflamed or infected. Chocolate Worst A 2005 study suggested that chocolate may be a problem in those with irritable bowel syndrome or chronic constipation. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks Worst Coffee, tea, and carbonated beverages not only over-relax the esophageal sphincter, which keeps stomach […]
By |September 17th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments