Hey all foodie lovers. Don’t you just love the smell, the taste, the texture and the appearance of food? Don’t you just love FOOD?
Food is a mystery and each time I write more interesting facts arise about food. Which fascinates me, that food can be so versatile and be used for about almost anything. It can be used to help prevent sickness, help keep you healthy, food is for consuming, food can help you relax and food can help enhance beauty. Should I say more?!:)
As said earlier food is great for stress, it can help you relax but the type of food and the amount of food you put in is very important.
REMEMBER: Foods should be eaten in moderation and be part of a well-balanced diet.
The amino acid, tryptophan helps the brain release serotonin, which helps you relax or calm down. Melatonin, a hormone does the exact same thing as well as mak you sleepy.
Now tryptophan can be found a in number of sources of food, such as milk, chicken, eggs, nuts, cheese, fish and chocolate.
Serotonin levels in the brain is increased when we eat foods rich in carbohydrates such as figs,nuts,dark chocolate. If we eat foods round about 4-3 hours before bedtime it will increase the serotonin levels although consume/eat in moderation, have a small light snack than a big meal because now your body needs work harder to digest and break down all that food that time of the night. If you listen carefully at night you can hear your tummy working digesting and breaking down when your sleeping. Sometimes it even upsets your tummy, although that is a topic for some another time.
By adding fats to your meal, you will immediately start to feel the carbohydrates working. The fat will also cause a delayed reaction in the release of serotonin which means you will be relaxed a little longer. Add fats to meals by means of avocado, peanut butter and nuts.
Enjoy the fact that food can help you relax but don’t overindulged. 🙂