How The Food You Eat Affects Your Mood
Are you constantly in a bad mood or in low spirits? It’s probably linked to your diet. Don’t believe me? Nutritionists have actually proven that the food you eat affects your mood.
Your brain and your stomach are connected. Think about this connection in the sense that the stomach provides the brain with the “fuel” it requires to run.
That “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. Put simply, the food that you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.
Blood sugar fluctuations and nutritional imbalances are often to blame. Without a steady source of fuel from the foods we eat, our mind and bodies don’t function well.
Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourish the brain and protect it from oxidative stress.
This is why nutritionists recommend that you incorporate more legumes, nuts, fruits and leafy greens into your diet.
Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain, not only to the body’s health in general.
In addition to worsening your body’s regulation of insulin, refined sugars also promote inflammation and oxidative stress.
Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.
So which foods should we eat?
For overall health and good brain function, nutritionists say that we should maintain a balanced diet.
If you can, eat whole foods and avoid packaged or processed foods, which are high in unwanted food additives and preservatives that disrupt the healthy bacteria in the gut.
Consider increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. These will increase your fiber intake.
Probiotic rich foods such as plain yogurt without added sugars are also a plus.
With meats, eat a balance of seafoods and lean poultry and fewer red meats each week.