676 Views

How Food Can Affect Your Mood

It’s widely known that your mood can trigger food cravings, cause you to overeat or kill your appetite entirely. But the opposite also holds true in that the food you eat can make or break your mood.

This is apparent not only in the minutes after you’ve eaten but also over time, as your diet helps to shape your mental health from the inside out.

How Does Food Impact Your Mood?

I simply cannot overstate the importance of your food choices when it comes to your mental health. In a very real sense, you have TWO brains—one in your head, and one in your gut—both of which are created from the same tissue during fetal development.

These two systems are connected via your vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen. It is now well established that the vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain.

Maintaining optimal gut health is therefore paramount when trying to address your mental state. In this regard, the modern “Western” diet has several things working against it:

    • Genetically modified foods can significantly alter your gut flora, thereby promoting pathogens while decimating the beneficial microbes necessary for optimal mental and physical health.
    • Glyphosate—the most widely used herbicide on food crops in the world with nearly 1 BILLION pounds applied every year—has been shown to cause both nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals (which are critical for brain function and mood control), and systemic toxicity. Moreover, recent cell research has found that it is so toxic it exhibits carcinogenicity in the nearly unbelievable parts-per-trillion concentration range.
ALSO READ  5 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

 

    • High-fructose diets also feed pathogens in your gut, allowing them to overtake beneficial bacteria. Furthermore, sugar suppresses activity of a key growth hormone in your brain called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF levels are critically low in both depression and schizophrenia.

Sugar consumption also triggers a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that promote chronic inflammation. In the long term, inflammation disrupts the normal functioning of your immune system and wreaks havoc on your brain.

Last but not least, sugar (particularly fructose) and grains contribute to insulin and leptin resistance and impaired signaling, which also play a significant role in your mental health.

  • Artificial food ingredients, the artificial sweetener aspartame in particular, can wreak havoc with your brain function. Both depression and panic attacks are known potential side effects of aspartame consumption. Other additives, such as artificial colorings, are also known to impact mood.

In the big picture, nourishing your gut health is therefore essential to maintaining a positive mood – and I’ll discuss how to do this shortly. However, even individual food choices may make a difference in how you feel mentally and emotionally from day to day …

source: Mercola.com

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

Nigeria To Grow By 2.1% This Year – IMF
Business
9 views
Business
9 views

Nigeria To Grow By 2.1% This Year – IMF

PH - April 19, 2018

The International Monetary Fund says Nigeria, the sub-Saharan Africa’s most-populous nation and top crude producer, will grow by 2.1 per cent this year, matching the lender’s estimate…

Bodex Media Awards Governor Aregbesola as the Most Outstanding/Creative Governor of the Year 2018
Best of Nigeria
16 views
Best of Nigeria
16 views

Bodex Media Awards Governor Aregbesola as the Most Outstanding/Creative Governor of the Year 2018

PH - April 19, 2018

The Governor of Osun state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been honoured with an award of the most outstanding and creative Governor of the Year, 2018. The Award…

‘I Was Molested At 17 By A Big Man In Media’ – Chimamanda Adichie
Nigerian Women
22 views
Nigerian Women
22 views

‘I Was Molested At 17 By A Big Man In Media’ – Chimamanda Adichie

PH - April 19, 2018

Celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, who spoke at the Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality, revealed that she was molested at the age of 17. Chimamanda Adichie told…

I Communicate More With God When I’m in the Bathroom – Actress, Funke Adesiyan
Entertainment
63 views
Entertainment
63 views

I Communicate More With God When I’m in the Bathroom – Actress, Funke Adesiyan

MT - April 18, 2018

Funke Adesiyan, has not stopped making headlines each week with some of the controversial things she says or involved in a fight with a fan, but she…

Photos And Video Of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Being Arrested By The Police For Snatching Mace (Video)
Politics
56 views
Politics
56 views

Photos And Video Of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Being Arrested By The Police For Snatching Mace (Video)

MT - April 18, 2018

The senator representing Delta Central in the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege was today arrested by the police after he allegedly led thugs to steal the mace at the…

Flashback to 2000: How Policemen Invaded Okadigbo’s Residence to Retrieve Senate’s Mace
Art, History and Culture
63 views
Art, History and Culture
63 views

Flashback to 2000: How Policemen Invaded Okadigbo’s Residence to Retrieve Senate’s Mace

MT - April 18, 2018

There is nothing new under the sun. On Wednesday, Ovie Omo-Agege, a senator from Delta state, led some unidentified persons into the upper legislative chamber of the…

Kano N1.2 Billion Longest Underpass Ready For Use (Video)
Best of Nigeria
70 views
Best of Nigeria
70 views

Kano N1.2 Billion Longest Underpass Ready For Use (Video)

MT - April 18, 2018

Kano state government construct the vehicle underpass at cost of N1.2 billion, at the busy Bukavu Barrack junction adjoining Kofar Ruwa, along Katsina road – Aminu Kano…

Meet Suashi Emmanuella Ini-Usoro, The Managing Partner Of Ebusiness Hub Nigeria In An Interview With #StarsConnect
Business
62 views
Business
62 views

Meet Suashi Emmanuella Ini-Usoro, The Managing Partner Of Ebusiness Hub Nigeria In An Interview With #StarsConnect

PH - April 18, 2018

Ebusiness Technology solutions Hub, popularly known as Ebusiness Hub Nigeria provides Digital support, Social media and ecommerce management services for MSMEs. And today, we have the managing…

DJ Cuppy’s “Green Light” hits 1 Million Streams on Spotify
Entertainment
52 views
Entertainment
52 views

DJ Cuppy’s “Green Light” hits 1 Million Streams on Spotify

PH - April 18, 2018

It’s been a good year so far for DJ Cuppy, from being announced as a Pepsi Brand ambassador to her sophmore single Vybe featuring Sarkodie doing well…

Seyi Shay and Bovi Unveiled as Hosts for the 12th Headies Awards
Entertainment
48 views
Entertainment
48 views

Seyi Shay and Bovi Unveiled as Hosts for the 12th Headies Awards

PH - April 18, 2018

The 12th edition of the annual Headies award show is right around the corner. Award winning musician Seyi Shay and comedian Bovi have just been announced as…

Senator Shehu Sani Reveals What He Did After Senate’s Mace Was Stolen
Politics
82 views
Politics
82 views

Senator Shehu Sani Reveals What He Did After Senate’s Mace Was Stolen

PH - April 18, 2018

Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central, has reacted to the snatching of the Senate mace from the upper legislative chambers. According to the senator, while the senate…

How Senator Omo-Agege And ‘Thugs’ Ran Way With Senate’s Mace
Politics
57 views
Politics
57 views

How Senator Omo-Agege And ‘Thugs’ Ran Way With Senate’s Mace

PH - April 18, 2018

In what came as a surprise on Wednesday, Ovie Omo-Agege, a senator from Delta state, invaded the national assembly with suspected thugs who seized the mace. Omo-Agege,…

Nollywood Stars Iyke and Florence Okechukwu Celebrate 5th Wedding Anniversary
Entertainment
71 views
Entertainment
71 views

Nollywood Stars Iyke and Florence Okechukwu Celebrate 5th Wedding Anniversary

PH - April 18, 2018

Nollywood stars Iyke and Florence Okechukwu, popularly known for their roles in Tinsel as Chuks and Ene, are celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary today. Iyke took to…

Nigerian Model, Mayowa Nicholas, Featured In American Vogue’s May 2018 Issue
Entertainment
60 views
Entertainment
60 views

Nigerian Model, Mayowa Nicholas, Featured In American Vogue’s May 2018 Issue

PH - April 18, 2018

From the runways in Milan to full spread Billboard features in New York, our girl Mayowa Nicholas is having a great year! Although she missed a spot…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins ‘Best in Literature’ at 10th Annual Shorty Awards in New York
Best of Nigeria
57 views
Best of Nigeria
57 views

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins ‘Best in Literature’ at 10th Annual Shorty Awards in New York

PH - April 18, 2018

The Shorty Awards honor the best content creators and producers on social media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat and the rest of the digital world. The…

WATCH out For EbonyLife and Niyi Akinmolayan’s New film “Chief Daddy”
Entertainment
49 views
Entertainment
49 views

WATCH out For EbonyLife and Niyi Akinmolayan’s New film “Chief Daddy”

PH - April 18, 2018

What happens when you take the best of Nollywood you can find and sprinkle in a few new faces, who are genius at their craft? An epic…

Onyeka Nwelue’s New Film Feature “Wole Soyinka: A God and the Biafrans” to be Previewed at Harvard University
Entertainment
90 views
Entertainment
90 views

Onyeka Nwelue’s New Film Feature “Wole Soyinka: A God and the Biafrans” to be Previewed at Harvard University

PH - April 18, 2018

Award-winning Nigerian writer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue is at Harvard University, working at The Cooper Gallery, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, developing and curating…

Nigerian Singer, Ajebutter22’s “Ghana Bounce” Hits 1 Million Streams On Spotify
Entertainment
58 views
Entertainment
58 views

Nigerian Singer, Ajebutter22’s “Ghana Bounce” Hits 1 Million Streams On Spotify

PH - April 18, 2018

Nigerian singer Ajebutter22 had a pretty good outing last year courtesy of hit songs like Wayward & Ghana Bounce, also dropping his album What Happens In Lagos.…

Loading...