Mood and food, what’s the connection? What you eat determines your weight, how healthy you are, how you feel and much more. Too many people eat quick, processed and sugary foods that are terrible for their body. This is one of the reasons that American is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. More than 1 in 3 adults in the United States are overweight, meaning their weight is higher than it should be to stay healthy. 1 in 3 adults are obese, meaning they are well over a healthy weight. Even 1 in 6 children are obese. If food is fuel, then how does mood and food work exactly? Read on to find out!
Mood and Food: How Does Food Affect You?
We have all heard the adage, “you are what you eat,” but maybe we have never really understood the science behind that statement that relates to mood and food. Your brain is impacted by everything you eat so unhealthy choices impact it and how you feel and perform.
“Your brain is always “on.” It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood,” says Harvard Health.
Serotonin and Your Gastrointestinal Tract
Mood and food are conncected because what you eat impacts the health and function of millions of neurons in your gut. Consider this, 95 percent of your body’s serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract. Serotonin is responsible for managing your moods, appetite, sleep and pain. The millions of nerve cells that reside in your gastrointestinal tract are influenced by the health of your intestinal microbiome. If your gut isn’t happy, you aren’t going to be happy. If you knew that you could affect your feeling of happiness by what you ate, would you choose to eat better? Now that you know that mood and food are connected, what choices will you actively make?
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Weight and Chronic Conditions
Beyond the topic of mood and food is the issue of chronic disease and what you eat. Too much weight leads to many chronic conditions and especially diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, heart attack and more. Studies show that being overweight makes men 5X more likely and women 4X more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis, excessive back pain, ankle pain and foot pain. Your body needs specific vitamins and nutrients as well as proper fuel for it to work properly. Even missing one nutrient can land you with neuropathy problems, aches and pains, hormone dysfunction and more. We can help!
Go Clean in 2019!
Try a body experiment in 2019. Rid your house of all processed foods and sugars. If you feel extra bold, try eliminating or limiting your intake of dairy and processed grains as well–some people report this also makes a difference in their overall sense of well being. Keep a food diary and as you bring back certain foods, and take them away, observe how you feel. Expect to notice some real differences! Why? It has to do with how your body processes what you eat. Certain foods are not as well tolerated and will cause inflammation in your system.
“Good bacteria not only influences what your gut digests and absorbs, but they also affect the degree of inflammation throughout your body, as well as your mood and energy level,” Harvard Health says.
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