During quarantine, many people treat food as a stepping stone from daily routine. In many homes, scenes from Master Chef are currently playing out.
An inherent function of consumed meals is to improve mood. This is because of the company, the atmosphere at the table or the delicacies served, which melt in your mouth. There is an opinion that what is tasty is not healthy, and healthy “things” must be forced into yourself. Not once have we refuted this myth, but this time I would like to focus on aspects of healthy food in terms of raising satisfaction and improving mood.
However, it is worth maintaining moderation in all this and eating simply healthy. Unfortunately, staying at home for a long time and therefore significantly reduced physical activity have consequences that many people will soon notice.
WHAT TO EAT TO FEEL BETTER?
Coffee, due to its ability to regulate neurotransmitters, can affect the feeling of satisfaction and subjective improvement in mood. It is associated with a high caffeine content, which increases alertness and arousal. Caffeine interacting with other compounds contained in coffee, including antioxidants, can act at such a high level. In addition, coffee consumption can be associated with a decrease in headache and fatigue.
Low magnesium levels may be associated with lower testosterone values (associated with broadly understood malaise) and anxiety. Consuming foods rich in magnesium (almonds, cashews, oatmeal, dark chocolate, cocoa) can therefore help maintain a good mood.
Zinc is another mineral that has the ability to affect well-being. Its low levels are associated with mood disorders and an increased risk of depression. Zinc performs functions in the nervous system that can affect behavior and emotional functioning. Products with a high content of zinc include seafood, meat, fish, nuts and seeds.
Ω3 acids work great in many ways. They can reduce abdominal fat, strengthen the immune system and, which may be surprising, also reduce the intensity of pain associated with menstruation. In addition, Omega 3 acids, by affecting brain functions, can increase the feeling of vitality and improve well-being. Regular consumption of fish, especially the fatty ones, may therefore contribute to maintaining good mood and, above all, health in many aspects.
You can’t forget about the correct concentration of vitamin D3!
Its deficiency may increase depressive episodes. It is therefore worth taking care of its daily dose – currently we recommend a daily bath in sunlight 😊 However, if your vitamin D3 deficiency is significant, it is worth consulting a doctor and taking its additional dose in the form of a supplement.
First of all, I want to point out that it’s always easier to feel good in a “healthy body.”
Therefore, it is worth taking care of not only mental but also physical well-being 😊.