Posted by: interwebwords | July 23, 2008
Enhancing the Chemicals of Love
Well Josh’s Bistro is really cooking now so something a little different still yet food related…
Enhancing Love Chemicals through Food
The most essential factors responsible for everything we feel, do, and think are the brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. They function in our minds by inhibiting, or activating certain neurons. A lack or excess of any single neurotransmitter usually results in an imbalance in the mental processes that control our bodies. However, an imbalance can sometimes be a positive thing.
Every day, the type and quantity of neurotransmitters in the brain are altered by eating, drinking, thinking, or doing things. This everyday combination of the amount of each neurotransmitter in your system establishes the chemical balance in your brain, which then influences your mood. Neurotransmitters that are of particular importance in terms of falling in love are serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are known as monoamines. Research has shown that people are most likely to fall in love when they have an imbalance of these neurotransmitters. That is, low serotonin levels coupled with high dopamine and norepinephrine levels. The recipes in this book are designed to create just such an imbalance. So, if you want to fall in love, or you want someone to fall in love with you, this book will help you do it.
Eating foods that are high in protein increases the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine. Your body changes protein into amino acid tyrosine, which is then made into dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.
Serotonin can be decreased by avoiding foods that are high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates increase levels of amino acid tryptophan in your blood, which precedes the creation of serotonin in the brain. Shortly after eating any carbohydrate food, you can experience considerably increased serotonin levels.
To put it simply, these recipes are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, while incorporating ingredients that have known effects in releasing or boosting the body’s love chemicals.
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