Control your temper with Mediterranean foods

April 3, 2011

The connection between the food consumed and temper showed has been revealed in the ancient times of Hippocrates who followed the Mediterranean diet and ate the healthy Mediterranean food. People know that the food is one of the natural needs a human being must regularly satisfy. Otherwise the health troubles are inescapable. In the minds of the great majority of people, well being is associated with only physical fitness and most forget that mental state plays a dominant role while physical order is subordinate.

If there is a harmony in your soul it is projected on the surrounding reality and this is where Mediterranean diet and the Mediterranean foods come to play an important role.

In the field of nice mood and favorable food the clue item under focus is neurotransmitter production. Neurotransmitter is a word easy for understanding. We can simply split it into two parts to get an idea of its meaning: neuro- and transmitter, which stand for some neuro signals that are transmitted from one cell to the other of the body. The neurotransmitters are involved into the brain and other nervous system functions.

Therefore the concentration of these chemicals will condition the speed of the processes circulating inside every living organism. The alteration of the amount of protein consumed, excessive intake of simple carbohydrates like sweet candies, cakes and pastries may affect the neurotransmitters concentration. Such fluctuations may ultimately change our temper, mood, craving, energy, sex drive and sleep habits. In this respect it is evident that food may be temper healing and temper irritating.

Our body is a chemical laboratory and reactions emerging in it could be adjusted and regulated by ingredients of the intake. The essential ingredient is tryptophan, a type of amino acids that coming to our brain stimulates production of more commonly known neurotransmitter serotonin. It is serotonin which is responsible for a gay mood and an agreeable and amiable temper. However to extract tryptophan a portion of carbohydrates is desired in order to make its way to the brain easier and let it show the best productivity in boosting the mood. Watch out! The carbohydrates should be of complex structure. Low carbohydrates are consumed low energy is released tailed with fatigue, sleepy behavior and obesity. Vitamins (namely D, B, B12), minerals (zinc, calcium and magnesium) also play a role in tryptophan generation.

Control your temper with Mediterranean foods

The second ingredient is omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which are scientifically proven to be a good medicine from depression. It is also active in alleviation of other mental and neurological disorders. The next component is certainly protein, specifically amino acids which represent building material for the smallest particles of the body. According to the studies high protein and low-fatty diet eliminates feeling of sadness, spleen, grants an outburst of energy to be active and happy all day long.

It appeared that to control the temper it is advisable to control the diet. How to get it if it is far from possible to follow up the daily menu having a pretty busy daily schedule? The answer is simple as everything ingenious – move to the Mediterranean diet. Long ago our ancestors elaborated a magic formula: a balanced nutrition plus a physical activity is a splendid temper. The Mediterranean diet includes all the ingredients which rescue us from any kind of disorders revealed in the form of stress, depression, irritation, etc.

The Med diet is a treasure box of good temper which is hidden inside the products fused on the plate with the Mediterranean dish. You need complex carbohydrates you are welcome: whole grain noodles, beans, nuts, variety of cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables caressed by the rays of the tender sun. There is no better cuisine with such a wide fish and sea food content as the Mediterranean one. The sea kindly shares its natural wealth with people living on the shores fondled by its waves. A required intake of protein is available in the dairy foods such as yogurt, a range of cheeses and milk and moderate amount of dietary meet.

With Mediterranean diet you will receive not only physical satisfaction of craving, good healthy appetite, but also aesthetic pleasure of rainbow of colors which paint every single dish. What could contribute more to a perfect temper!

Andrea Aurelio
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Andrea Aurelio adopted the Mediterranean diet and the Mediterranean way of living after evaluating a series of diets and realizing that the Mediterranean diet is a proven diet and the best way to adopt a healthy lifestyle. You can connect with him on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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