Eat Smart, Be Smart: How Diet Can Improve Mental Capacity by Madoline Hatter

Food for ADHD?

  • Some studies have been able to link allergic reactions to certain food types to the onset of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In one particular case, a mother removed tuna fish from her child’s diet only to find that he had more concentration and has since been able to function normally. Allergic reactions to food types can affect humans in a variety of ways. While some people may experience discomfort or rashes, others may exhibit intense mood swings and attitude changes. People who are allergic to barley, for instance, can experience a far worse drunken episode from beer than they would from greater quantities of alcohol found in beverages like vodka or wine.

Emotional States

  • The type of food you eat can even effect your emotional state. This emotional state can vary from good to bad depending on the person’s specific reaction to their diet. However, some foods make the majority of us feel a certain way regardless. Chocolate, for instance, has a way of making us happy aside from the taste. This wonder treat has small traces of tryptophan which the brain uses to make serotonin. This in turn elevates your mood. Other findings suggest that phenylethylalanine is present in chocolate which acts as an anti-depressant.
  • The way you eat also has an impact on how you view life. Healthy dining will allow your body to operate more efficiently. It will help you lose weight if necessary, and maintain your target weight once you get there. The most important benefits of healthy eating, however, are a better cognitive function and an all-around better emotional balance.
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