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The belly rules the mind

Shivangana Vasudeva, NDTV, Modified: July 07, 2014 19:01 IST

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The belly rules the mind Yes it's true, we are what we eat and what we eat is how we feel. So all the fuss about being fit mentally and physically boils down to one simple reason - good food equals good mood.

Ever wondered if food could be responsible for trashing your mood? Our brain works in mysterious ways, how our body feels is actually decided by the master-mind. A bar of chocolate does the trick while a glass of alcohol acts a depressant. Simply because these contain chemicals that affect the human brain which could make you feel like you are on cloud nine or down in the dumps.

Insert these brain power boosting catalysts in your diet, they are sure to lift up spirits and promote mental health.

Spinach
We have known these leafy greens as a powerhouse of nutrients but what we do not know is that it could do wonders to your mental health. It is rich in Vitamin K and Folic acid that helps the brain function with ease. It also helps boost memory and prevent dementia. So now, you know why mothers would tell you to eat your spinach.

Oranges

It is a great source of Vitamin C and is considered to be a healthy brain food. It helps you feel fresh and active. Research has found that Vitamin C helps normalize your blood pressure when under stressful situations. So kick-start your day with a refreshing glass of orange juice.

Dried Apricots
Dried apricots contain more nutrients than other forms. They are rich in magnesium, which acts a natural stress-buster and helps to calm tensed muscles. A deficiency of magnesium is known to cause headaches and leaves you fatigued. So next time you have a headache, trade your pills with apricots. Apricots contain Vitamin B that helps to cure nervous system disorders like hyperactivity, memory loss, mental fatigue etc.

Chocolates

It won't be wrong if I say chocolates help spread happiness. They contain endorphins, which causes the brain to release happy feelings. They satisfy your sweet cravings but work well for your grey matter too! The cocoa in chocolates helps boost neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and tryptophan in your brain. These neurotransmitters work as antidepressants and help to sharpen the mind.

Walnuts
Here's a new reason to chomp on walnuts. They are rich in omega 3 oils that help maintain a strong and healthy brain. This is because 60 percent of our brain is made up of fat therefore these help the brain function more actively. Omega 3 also fights against depression. Walnuts also contain zinc that acts as healing agent against stress.
 
World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10th October to spread awareness about promoting mental health. With the ever increasing rate of depression cases and various mental disorders haunting children as well as the elderly, maybe it's time we stop thinking so much and tread the healthy way. So relax, take a deep breath and cook up a happy meal for yourself!

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