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How Food Can Affect Your Mental Health

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Nutritional psychiatrists argue that the food culture and dietary contents of what we eat hugely affect our brain functions. Practically, the brain depends on certain nutrients to function. Almost all the body functions highly depend on the nutrients supplied by your diet.  

Like an expensive car, the brain functions are under the influence of the type of nutrients supplied. Excellent food affects how your brain responds, like the quality of fuel affects the performance of your vehicle. Food that constitutes large portions of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals nourish the brain while guarding it against oxidative stress. The type of bacteria living in your body also depends on the nutritional content in the food you take.

The foods you consume affect your feelings

The brain depends on Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that drives appetite and sleep.  It also inhibits pain and controls moods. A large portion of Serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal, so numerous nerve cells commonly referred to as neurons in the gastrointestinal help to control the emotions. The whole activity depends on the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal microbiome.

Consequently, the bacteria make a huge contribution to the well-being of the body’s health. On the other hand; harmful bacteria inhibit a favourable absorption of nutrients in the food. Neural pathways that connect the gut and the brain break the circuit as a result. 

Studies have revealed that when you take food rich in ‘beneficial’ bacteria, the anxiety magnitude and stress perception shoot to improved levels, contrary to probiotic-deficient people. Foods that can efficiently supply probiotics are vegetable, whole grains, fish, fruits, and seafoods, not forgetting controlled meats as well as dairy. Avoiding processed foods also contribute to an environment of natural probiotics to the body.

Give attention to consumed foods

Paying attention to how different foods affect your feelings (considering how your body will respond tomorrow) also make a huge contribution to your mental health. Eating a wholesome diet for about two weeks will boost your mind’s functions. That entails avoiding all the processed foods as well as uncontrolled sugars. 

Involving pickles, kimchi, kombucha, and miso also does wonders to your body and ultimate nourishment of your mind. Although you may sometimes feel better with a grain-free diet, try to involve these nutrients in your diet. Slowly, and observably, note how your body and mind receive this diet.

The mind, unlike other body parts, works on a 24/7 basis. Throughout every person’s life, the brain is at work. So, taking care of it is an essential ingredient. Supplying your body with the positively nutritional foods contributes almost 100% of how the mind coordinates all of the body functions not to mention the well-being of the mind itself.

When you observe the right nutritional content in your food taking, it is undeniably true how you will positively realise a change in your daily body and mind changes. Clean diets will, without a doubt, change your mind’s functioning and body health.  It is amazing how a ‘good’ diet will affect your mind and your body’s functioning together with increasing the body’s positive activities.

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Peter Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of  Edinburgh.

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