Can the foods you eat affect your mood?

Absolutely.

Think about it.

Many of us turn to "comfort foods" when we are having a particularly stressful day or we simply want to "feel better". (Even if its just a short term fix for a long term problem).

stressed out woman 

 What we often don't pay attention to is the chemical ramifications taking place in our body.

Those "comfort foods" that we so dearly cherish are often filled with bad sugars that can have negative long term effects on our mental health.

 Let's get a tad Scientific here for just a moment.

Stress causes our bodies to seek sugar as quick fuel for a temporary surge in energy.

But remember. What comes up must come down. And that drastic spike in energy often results in a severe come down or "crash" throughout the day.

The long term effects of this same song and dance being the ominous word DEPRESSION. 

Signs of Depression 

 Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. It is our foremost mood stabilizer. 

Most importantly, 95% of it is created in our gastrointestinal tract. Which is where our food goes and how our body distributes our nutrients so we can function properly.

So Just Imagine how important it is for each and every one of us to supply our body with "premium fuel" aka good unprocessed foods, so our bodies can function like the well oil machines we know they can be?

Your digestive system not only helps in the realm of food. It also regulates your EMOTIONS. So it is paramount that we supply this system with "good bacteria" and not food of a toxic and processed ilk.

Studies have shown that people who take "probiotics" (supplements containing good bacteria), their anxiety levels, perceptions of stress, and mental outlook improve, compared with people who don't take probiotics.

Other Studies have highlighted that implementing  "traditional diets" such as the Mediterranean diet and the traditional Japanese diet, has resulted in the risk of depression decreasing by 25% to 35%. 

 How can This Be?

Scientists attribute this food phenomenon to traditional diets being high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, fish, seafood, and limited amounts of lean meats and dairy.

Hint Hint. They do NOT contain processed foods, refined foods and sugars. Which are mainstays of Our beloved Western diet.

What Can You Do? 

Feel like the World is on Your Shoulders Yet? Lol Don't.

It may feel like an insurmountable task. However, by slowly but surely implementing good and informed choices in your day to day eating habits; This lifestyle will soon become second nature.

Things to Try 

Try Eating a "Clean" diet for two to three weeks. That means getting rid of all processed foods and sugar. Also try going dairy free if possible as well. And if you really want to take over the world, possibly try going grain free. See how you feel after a weeks without these normal staples of your diet.

After a few weeks, reintroduce these foods into your diet, one by one, and honestly assess how you feel.

Many people who "go clean" cannot believe how much better they feel physically and emotionally, and how much worse they feel when they try to go back to the foods that are known to cause inflammation in the  body.

 Feeling Good

Give it a Try! 

 

 

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