Foods, chemical reactions, smiles; what is the link between these factors? It could be explained through a simple concept: in the belly we have the brain.
The intestine is called the "second brain" and is the reservoir of emotions. It follows that we can also eat according to the dictates of a strict, careful, studied diet, but if our organism suffers, it does not express itself to its maximum, according to its natural tendency, if we do not live relationships and affections well, here is that the diet becomes an additional cage.
However, if the firm intention is the sacred one of feel good in your body, you can put them on the shopping list of foods that support a good mood. Let's see them together.
Smile and serotonin
But how can certain foods trigger a good mood or in any case help make us smile again?
It depends on substances capable of acting on neurotransmitters: they are real "ambassadors" who make the relay race between the brain and the nervous system. We are talking about the Serotonin and dopamine they play a key role in determining moods. If they are on the run, our ability to manage anxiety and stress and to feel positive emotions is also in short supply.
A small, precious suggestion: excess at the table is the enemy of a smile, in any situation, in any case, even in those of lucky fast metabolisms. Never forget that listening to oneself also passes through the ways in which food is consumed. There is no reason to overlook the messages the body sends us.
What is comfort food?
Foods of the good mood diet
Let's start immediately with three foods rich in vitamin B12:
Beans and cicerchie
The first are aIleati of blood circulation, cardiac apparatus. They are very nutritious and, rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, they also contain mineral and oligomineral salts, such as potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and phosphorus. Being legumes, beans are rich in lecithin, a phospholipid that promotes the emulsion of fats, avoiding their accumulation in the blood and consequently reducing the level of cholesterol. If you fear flautulenza, flavor them with a pinch of satureja (or savory, it is an aromatic herb widely used in cooking, it belongs to the same family as mint) or a teaspoon of ground ginger.
The healing power of legumes is extraordinary. Just as beans are restorative and energetic, so too are chickpeas, lentils and cicerchie. Cicerchie are low in fat and very energetic, but better not to consume them in large quantities due to latirina, a toxin.
For non-vegans and non-vegetarians. We always want to clarify that a diet that is not too rich in animal proteins is essential. Chicken meat, as well as turkey meat, seems to be a panacea for raising the level of dopamine.
Broccoli is rich in mineral salts such as, especially calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. They also contain Vitamin C (essential to prevent a whole series of pathologies ranging from heart disease to osteoporosis), vitamins B1 and B2, dietary fiber (for this they are indicated in case of constipation) e sulforaphane, a substance that prevents the growth of cancer cells, also prevents the cell division process with consequent apoptosis (cell death) and has a protective action against intestinal, lung and breast cancers. Very useful inelimination of waste, in support of mood, they help reduce the risk of cataracts and protect against stroke.
Aromatic herb that has extraordinary healing power and a fruit rich in properties: we could easily define basil as the great friend of the nervous system. In fact it affects the balance of neuroricettori interested in the transmission of nerve impulses.
If you want to enter the world of aromatherapy, keep in mind that even the essential oil of basil preserves and enhances its properties; antiseptic, acts against headaches and fatigue. It can be used for environmental diffusion, for an invigorating bath or in soothing ointment.
Kiwis, rich in vitamin C, they reduce the amount of cortisol in the blood, also called "stress hormone". This multivitamin fruit has extraordinary powers and acts immediately on the mood, maintains a good state of health of the skin and mucous membranes, regulates blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, fat and blood sugar levels.