Science: Nutrition and Meal Cooking Hear Essay

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(a manner of living, a way of life) Diet is not just a prescribed weight loss or weight gain plan. Diet is more the foods a person eats as a habit, on a regular basis and the effects those foods have on that person through nutritional and chemical reactions. The time of day that food is eaten and how it is prepared also causes the reaction by the body to that food to be different.

(or How to Be Happy) Oxytocin called the "cuddle hormone" is produced by the hypothalamus. Oxytocin induces feelings of optimism, increases self esteem and builds trust. It has also been seen to improve digestion, increase generosity, increases a person's ability to empathize, and relieve pain through its anti-inflammatory properties. All a person needs to do is hug someone, shake another person's hand, or think fondly of someone (pets included) and the brain will produce low levels of oxytocin. Serotonin known as the "happy hormone"is produced 80% in the gastrointestinal tract and 20% in the central nervous system. It acts as a neurotransmitter, so that the brain can send signals and messages to another part. It effects mood, sleep, memory, learning, body temperature and behavior. Smiling on purpose may be the easiest way to encourage your brain to stimulate a release of serotonin into the blood stream. Vigorous exercise, thinking happy thoughts, sunshine and a healthy diet all directly contribute to continual releases of serotonin