How do Things Affect Emotions

It is very annoying to know clearly what foods we should and shouldn’t eat, especially since people from all walks of life have different opinions on these suggestions. However, evidence shows that in addition to affecting our health, the food we eat may also affect our mood.

Improving your diet may help:

Improve your mood
Bring you more vitality
Make your thinking clearer
Eating timing
If your blood sugar drops, you may feel tired, irritable, and depressed. Eating regularly and choosing foods that slow down the release of energy will help you keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Foods that slow down energy release include: pasta, rice, oats, whole wheat bread and cereals, nuts and seeds.


Eating breakfast is a good start to the day.
Instead of eating large lunches and dinners, “eat less and more meals” regularly throughout the day.
Avoid foods that can cause blood sugar to rise and fall quickly, such as sweets, biscuits, sugary drinks, and alcohol.

Replenish water frequently
If you do not add enough water, it may be difficult to concentrate or think clearly. You may also start to feel constipated (and therefore not in a good mood).


It is recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
Clear water is an inexpensive health choice.
Tea, coffee, juice and cold drinks will all be included in your water intake (but be aware that these drinks may also contain caffeine or sugar)
Take care of your stomach
Sometimes, your stomach can reflect your emotions. If you feel stressed or anxious, it may slow down or speed up your bowel movements. In order to digest health, you need to consume a lot of fiber, water and exercise regularly.

Foods that are beneficial to the intestines include: fruits, vegetables and whole grains, beans, legumes, cheese with active lactic acid bacteria and other probiotics.


It may take a while for your stomach and intestines to adjust to the new eating habits, so please slowly change your habits so that your body has time to adjust.
If you feel a lot of pressure and feel that it has affected your intestines, try to relax yourself or perform breathing exercises.
Manage caffeine intake
Caffeine is a stimulant, it will refresh you quickly, but it may make you feel anxious and depressed, affect sleep (especially when you take caffeine before going to bed), or cause withdrawal when you suddenly stop taking it.

Caffeine exists in: tea, coffee, chocolate, cola and other ready-made energy drinks.


If you are used to drinking tea, coffee or cola, try switching to a decaffeinated version.
If you drink less caffeine or avoid it altogether, you will soon feel noticeably more comfortable.
Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
Fruits and vegetables contain many minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber, which are essential for our physical and mental health.

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors every day, you can absorb a variety of different nutrients.


Fresh, frozen, canned, dried fruits, and juiced (one cup) fruits and vegetables are counted as 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
In general, a serving of fruits and vegetables is about the size of a fist, a small bowl, or a small cup.
For advice on how to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, please visit the website of the Centre for Health Protection
Absorb enough protein
Protein contains amino acids. These amino acids constitute the chemicals that the brain needs to regulate thinking and feeling, and can also help you stay fuller for longer.

Protein exists in: lean meat, fish, eggs, cheese, legumes (peas, beans and lentils), soy products, nuts and seeds.


Regardless of your eating habits, why not search the Internet to learn about other protein-containing foods and try to discover new foods?
Get the right fat
Your brain needs fatty acids (such as omega-3 and -6) to function properly. Therefore, instead of avoiding all fats, it is more important to consume the right fats.

Healthy fats are found in: oily fish, poultry, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), olive oil and sunflower oil, seeds (such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds), avocado, milk, cheese, and eggs.


Try to avoid any food containing “trans fat” or “partially hydrogenated oil” listed in the ingredient list (such as cakes and biscuits purchased in some stores). They may be attractive when you are depressed, but in the long run, these types of fats are detrimental to your emotional or healthy development.
Manage drugs
If you are taking certain medicines, eating certain foods may become dangerous. E.g:

If you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (an antidepressant), you should avoid any food that has been fermented, pickled and spoiled, smoked, smoked, air-dried, dried, or fermented. The reason is that when food is exposed to the air, the level of a substance called tyramine increases, and the interaction between tyramine and monoamine oxidase inhibitors can be very dangerous. You may also want to avoid foods and beverages that contain caffeine, such as chocolate, tea and coffee, because they may also contain tyramine.

If you are taking lithium, you need to pay special attention to the amount of salty foods and liquids in your diet. The reason is that sudden changes in the amount of salt and fluid in the body will affect your lithium level. If the lithium content in the body is too high, it is a very dangerous thing.

If you are taking anti-anxiety drugs, you may need to avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit. The reason is that grapefruit affects the way enzymes break down drugs, resulting in excessive or reduced absorption of drugs into the blood in the body.
Before prescribing any medicines, your doctor should fully explain any possible risks or side effects so that you can make an informed decision. If you are currently taking medication and are unsure or worried about what foods and drinks to avoid, it may be helpful to talk to your family doctor.