The foods you eat influence your body’s metabolism and the chemistry within your brain. These reactions in turn, affect your energy level and mood throughout the day.
Foods can affect your energy level by:
- Providing sufficient energy from calories;
- Helping the delivery of stimulants, like the caffeine found in coffee; and
- Encouraging your metabolism to burn the energy more effectively.
Also, the foods you eat affect you mood by:
- Helping to stabilize your blood sugar; and
- Aiding in the production of “feel-good” chemicals, such as serotonin.
For example, carbs in your diet are important to both increased energy and better mood. However, sweets and other sugary foods can play havoc with your blood sugar levels. Thereby, increasing your susceptibility to fatigue and moodiness. Evidence shows that whole grain foods are absorbed more slowly by your body, leading to more stable blood sugar and energy levels. So, try eating more brown rice, whole-grain cereals, and whole wheat bread.
Fiber slows your digestion, resulting in a steady supply of energy for you the entire day. So, fiber is a great stabilizer for your body’s energy level. You can improve your fiber intake by eating more whole fruits, beans, and vegetables.
You can these and other tips for improving your diet, in a great slide show on the Webmd site. Check it out at the link provided here. Your body will return the love with better energy and mood for you. Read the article today!
The Bottom Line: Your body’s performance is affected for better or worst, by what you eat. It’s within your power to make reasonable food choices for better energy and mood. If you’re not quite sure where to start, I suggest you invest a few minutes in reading the article referenced above. Making small changes in your diet, could lead to greater enjoyment in your life.
If not now, when?
It’s your life, live well.