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FOODS THAT MAKE US HAPPY

 

  

 Recent research has confirmed the existence of a link between eating certain types of foods and the act of feeling better, relaxed and even content, with the production of substances at a cerebral level which determine our state of mind, our performance and our behavior.

BANANAS

 Stress and the lack of magnesium are so closely related that it is advisable for those who lead a very fatiguing life to add foods rich in magnesium, such as bananas. Increasing the intake of magnesium reduces anxiety and makes for better sleeping.

 Other sources of magnesium are walnuts, legumes, vegetables and wheat germ.

ORANGES

 Two glasses (350 ml.) of fresh orange juice are enough to diminish nervousness, bad moods and depression; low lack of vitamin C, the nutriment which favors the secretion of thee noradrenaline, could provoke irritability and dejectedness.

 Also, not eating foods rich in said vitamin prevents the organism from absorbing the iron necessary for fighting fatigue.

WALNUTS

 Due to the type of soil in which they grow, Brazilian walnuts are rich in selenium, which, according to certain research, are related to pleasant disposition, one or two walnuts suffice.

 Other sources of selenium are fish, seafood, beef and whole-wheat bread.

 The majority of foods contain one or several of the 20 aminoacids (which are the principal constituents of proteins, both animal and vegetable).

 These substances compete with one another to feed the brain. Eating a few slices of whole-wheat bread contributes to our "hearing" the message of the tryptophan aminoacid, to wit "get happy"

 Once it reaches the brain, the tryptophan increases the serotonin, a cerebral substance which tranquilizes and enhances the mood.

 The secret is in eating the bread before meat or cheese, which are rich in protein, so that the tryptophan may reach the brain before the other aminoacids.

CHOCOLATE

 Ninety percent of all women have a craving for chocolate, especially when they are premenstrual or are bored or very tense.

 Some experts believe that like many other foods sweet and rich in carbohydrates, chocolate can have a soothing effect; others, however, consider that the caffeine and other substances contained in chocolate could act as stimulants. Be that as it may, the very pleasure to the palate suffices to make one feel happy.

HOT PEPPERS

 The taste for spicy sauces apparently is not only due to its flavor. Capsicin (this substance through which the pepper acquires its irritating power) stimulates the nervous terminals in the mouth and causes a burning sensation and the brain segregates endorphins which can produce temporary euphoria.

WATER

 Low dehydration is a common and often inadvertent cause of weariness.

 When the body is lacking liquids the blood flow in the organs lessens and the function of same slows down. Do not drink water only when you are thirsty; the majority of adults require from 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

 Refreshments, teas and coffee are NOT substitutes for water since they may cause diuretic effects and increase dehydration.

COFFEE

 A cup of coffee in the morning may be a good way to start the day. The caffeine in 2 cups of coffee are good for clearing the mind an feeling more vigorous for a period of up to 3 hours.

 Some researchers feel that caffeine causes a low and passing increase in blood pressure and inhibits the hormone activity which produces drowsiness. Do not exceed more than 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day as more than that may produce irritability and nervousness.

 

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