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The Belly Rules The Mind

NDTV Food, Modified: April 13, 2015 14:04 IST

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. These five foods are the best ways to feed your brain and boost mental health.

Spinach
We've known these leafy greens as a powerhouse of nutrients but what we do not know is that they 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.

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.

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.  Apricots contain Vitamin B that helps to cure nervous system disorders like hyperactivity, memory loss and mental fatigue.

Chocolates
You'll obviously agree that chocolates spread happiness. And science does too. They contain endorphins, which causes the brain to release happy feelings. They satisfy your sweet cravings and 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.


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. Since 60 percent of our brain is made up of fat therefore these help the brain function more actively. Omega 3 also fights depression. Walnuts contain zinc that acts as healing agent against stress.
 
With a disturbing number of depression cases and various mental disorders slowly sweeping the world, 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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