Psychology Research Paper on the Relationship between Food and Mood

The Relationship between Food and Mood

            People are a product of what they eat; therefore, food affects the health of a person physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Poor eating habits lead to weight issues that affect the confidence of a person greatly, leading to poor moods. The current world has described beauty as skinny for women. Therefore, any woman who is not skinny as the beauty pageants on every media is looked down upon in the current world. Eating certain foods in an unbalanced way makes people add unnecessary fat, and that can lead to depression. Other than the physical appearance, food has a more direct effect on a person’s mood through the brain. Some foods help relax the brain, thus keeping a person in the right mood. Fish and foods that contain vitamin D, for instance, are believed to activate the serotonin in the brain, which is a relaxing agent making people feel good, and stay in a good mood (Gardner et al., 2014). Additionally, eating the right foods enhances ones confidence in him or herself. The sense of knowing that one is taking care of him/herself triggers a good feeling in the body hence good moods.

Foods Recommended For Depression, Anxiety, and Anger

            As mentioned earlier, food has a great effect on how people feel about themselves. Fish and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids are considered effective in dealing with depression. Omega three fatty acids help in the secretion of serotonin in the brain that relaxes the entire body, making a person to feel good and hopeful. In most cases, people think quick fixes like caffeine and sugar are the solution to depression and anxiety. As much as these substances help deal with depression and anxiety, their effects are short lived, and they leave one with more problems to deal with than solutions. In other situations, people tend to overeat while depressed but that again is not the solution because at the end of the day, it will leave one more depressed. In addition, anger can also be managed through diet in many ways. Just like depression and anxiety, omega three helps reduce the level of anger by relaxing the brain (Olabi et al., 2014). Although there is no concrete proof that food can be used to manage anger, healthy eating habits have proven to be effective remedies to many emotional situations. Vegetables, fruits, and a mixture of starch and proteins can help reduce anger, anxiety, and depression. 

Recommended Foods for Extreme Stress

            Stress can arise from daily chores, especially while dealing with other people. For a manager, stress might arise from dealing with uncooperative employees or the level of workload. At home, stress may arise in managing kids, spouses, and parents. In other words, stress can arise from every setting; therefore, there is a need for an ideal remedy for such incidences at all times. Managing stress through diet entails eating well and constantly. Eating at three intervals in a day accompanied by fruits, vegetable, vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates can help one overcome stress. Additionally, ensuring that one is hydrated all the time helps reduce chances of stress and depression (Gibson, 2006). These aspects work under the assumption that most stresses are as a result of tiredness. Therefore, engaging in healthy eating habits reduces unnecessary tiredness hence reduced stress levels.


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Olabi, A., Levitsky, D., Hunter, J., Spies, R., Rovers, A. & Abdouni, L. (2014). Food and mood:             a nutritional and mood assessment of a 30-day vegan space diet. Food quality and    preference, 15(2), 230-236.