FOODS & MOODS

It all de­pends on the right food.

Woman's Era - - Contents - I.M. Soni

One tomato a day is un­likely to turn you into a heart-throb of your vicin­ity, but a bal­anced diet can dis­pel your blues and con­vert you into a sprightly sprite. Foods and moods go to­gether.

A sprightly woman is full of verve and nat­u­rally ex­udes that mar­vel­lous qual­ity called “oomph” or sex ap­peal.

Pas­sion has been stud­ied in a dis­pas­sion­ate way. Raw ma­te­ri­als of ro­mance have been iden­ti­fied. There is, thus, no need to live a list­less and love­less life.

Libido is a po­lite word for overt ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the op­po­site sex. Paraminoben­zonic acid, one of the B Vi­ta­mins, in­creases libido. It spars the se­cre­tions of vital glands and makes the zippy hu­man chem­i­cals go fur­ther in the per­for­mance of their duty. It also keeps one’s per­sonal steam pres­sure at its best.

In­dif­fer­ent, sunk-in-the-blues, snap­pish women turn vi­va­cious when put on Vi­ta­min B di­ets. Men too re­spond in a sim­i­lar man­ner. Their I-couldn’t-care at­ti­tudes turn them into whistling Romeos.

Woman starved of stip­u­lat­ing di­ets be­comes edgy, com­plains of chronic fa­tigue and loses in­ter­est in love.

In­ter­est­ingly, the most dis­tress­ing type of fa­tigue does not re­sult from mus­cu­lar ex­er­tion as is com­monly sup­posed. The love-de­stroyer, drag­ging fa­tigue is the one that af­fects the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem. It sinks the per­son­al­ity with­out a trace and re­sults in ir­ri­tabil­ity and touch­i­ness which eats away ro­mance. It spurs one to hit those we love.

De­fi­ciency of vi­ta­min C also cause fa­tigue. This vi­ta­min too has sex ap­peal. An ex­per­i­ment con­ducted on old bulls con­sid­ered too stale for breed­ing were fed on the vi­ta­min. They were re­stored to re­pro­duc­tive ef­fi­ciency. Most “old” cows too re­sponded favourably when treated like­wise.

Equally, if not more vital, are the pro­teins. They step up the steam, re­vi­talise the body to a higher plane which is nec­es­sary for sex ef­fi­ciency and fre­quency.

Pro­teins are made up of smaller units called amino acids. They can be com­pared to bricks in a wall. Bricks are handy for con­struct­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of walls. In a like man­ner, the body per­forms this func­tion when it is fed ad­e­quate pro­teins. These “bricks” build such struc­tures as liver cells, hair, skin and sev­eral other units which even­tu­ally give you the look you have.

Ex­per­i­ments con­ducted on an­i­mals revealed amaz­ing re­sults. When starved of amino acid, the an­i­mals lost hair and were re­duced to in­fer­til­ity. Pre­ma­ture bald­ing in hu­man be­ings re­sults from the same cause. This, how­ever, does not mean that bald­ness can be cured through mas­sive doses of amino acid. Bald­ness could re­sult from other cause too.

Best source of “oomph” ma­te­ri­als are meat, milk, eggs and fish. Beans and peas are also rich in pro­teins.

If you want to be in proper mood through food, you have to en­sure that you and your blood stream are not anaemic. It takes red blood to make a full­blooded woman or man.

THE BEST FOOD

The best food is liver. An­other good source is dark mo­lasses which is rich in iron. Eggs and apri­cots too count. Iron plays a big role in fight­ing ane­mia.

You may be an ex­pert cook but you can­not pre­pare a good meal if you are sunk in the blues. The men­tal stage is as im­por­tant as the in­gre­di­ents of the meal. If you are in the up­ward swing, the bet­ter the func­tion­ing of your sys­tem, the greater the store­houses of en­ergy in­side you.

When a woman con­stantly com­plains of lack of in­ter­est in life

and love­mak­ing, she needs a hard look at her food. No medicine may be re­quired at all. All she may need is a well-bal­anced diet with plenty of roughage and wa­ter.

When you feel weak, dizzy and tired, you are bound to lose in­ter­est in peo­ple who mat­ter most. One house­wife puts it, “I am sure it is a case of bad nerves. I am un­able to de­cide any­thing.”

Such women fill their sys­tem with toxic, sub­stances over­do­ing on rich sauces, spic and over­cooked dishes. Yet they lament that their mind re­mains foggy, list­less.

There is also in­dis­cre­tion in the type of foods they shovel down their throat. Such an at­ti­tude is sure to re­sult in de­fi­ciency in vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, right amount of sug­ars, starches and fats.

MIND OVER MAT­TER

Mind over mat­ter has a valid ba­sis, in fact. But un­less the phys­i­cal fac­tor is set right, no amount of men­tal acrobatics will re­sult in ef­fi­ciency and hap­pi­ness. The mood of list­less­ness will persist. Muddy sys­tems can­not run crys­tal steams in them.

For ex­am­ple, your liver is not func­tion­ing at its best. Toxic sub­stances re­main in­side the sys­tem. They are not be­ing elim­i­nated prop­erly.

No amount of treat­ment at the psy­cho­log­i­cal level will help as the liver re­quires ther­a­peu­tic treat­ment. Over­look­ing the or­ganic dis­ease amounts to invit­ing dan­ger through ne­glect.

When a young woman de­ject­edly de­clares that she is lack­ing in­ter­est in love or is los­ing her sex ap­peal, she must sit up and watch her diet. No amount of thick lay­ers of make-up will make the sparks fly.

Such women are ex­am­ple of de­fi­ciency in foods re­sult­ing in charm and come­hith­er­ness. A pro­nounced de­cline in pro­tein food is the cause. Most cases are out­come of women go­ing on a re­duc­ing spree with­out con­sult­ing a com­pe­tent physi­cian.

The right amount of pro­tein is needed for the nor­mal func­tion­ing of love or­gans. Lack or de­cline of the quan­tity causes the sex de­sire to take a nose­dive. Vi­ta­min E is im­por­tant as gen­eral fer­til­ity is con­cerned. This is present in many or­di­nary foods but whole­wheat grains when sprouted after soak­ing are a rich source.

Most women overeat, to over­stim­u­late, hence weaken their nerves. The aim should be to plan eat­ing so that ner­vous sys­tem is strength­ened. You should, there­fore, care­fully watch your in­take of tea, cof­fee and co­coa.

Women suf­fer­ing from bad “nerves” ought to be ex­tra cau­tions. They must re­frain from overuse of these bev­er­ages. How­ever, per­sonal dif­fer­ence vary as re­ac­tions to caf­feine (in the tea and cof­fee) and theobomine (in co­coa) are not the same in ev­ery case. Those taut and fid­gety must watch their re­ac­tions. There is no sub­sti­tute to eat­ing sub­stan­tially whole­some food. Not even vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. They re­main a poor sub­sti­tute for food. Sci­ence is con­stantly dis­cov­er­ing new el­e­ments in the food we eat. Those who hitch their health wagon to vi­ta­mins alone, the risk and miss­ing out on nu­tri­tive el­e­ments in food in­crease. A few sug­ges­tions: Avoid emo­tional ex­cite­ment which causes up­sets and af­fects your ro­man­tic moods. Avoid ex­ces­sive talk­ing at the din­ner ta­ble. Keep smil­ing. Be pleas­ant at meal time. Laugh a lit­tle. Do not “or­der” about hubby or chil­dren sim­ply be­cause they are a lit­tle late at the meal time. Do not scold the daugh­ter if she has messed up a meal. Ob­serve rea­son­able spells of si­lence. Im­prove sur­round­ings where your fam­ily eats. Do not rush for chores while oth­ers are still at the din­ing ta­ble.

MIND OVER MAT­TER HAS A VALID BA­SIS, IN FACT. BUT UN­LESS THE PHYS­I­CAL FAC­TOR IS SET RIGHT, NO AMOUNT OF MEN­TAL ACROBATICS WILL RE­SULT IN EF­FI­CIENCY AND HAP­PI­NESS. THE MOOD OF LIST­LESS­NESS WILL PERSIST. MUDDY SYS­TEMS CAN­NOT RUN CRYS­TAL STEAMS IN THEM.

Let us al­ways meet each other with smile, for the smile is the be­gin­ning of love.

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