Food vs. Mood
Did you know the quality of the food we consume can have a direct correlation to the quality of our thoughts?
We often focus on the physical consequences of an unhealthy diet, but its important to consider the adverse effects it has on our mental health as well.
Lack of motivation?
No drive to exercise?
Feeling like you can’t catch a break?
Short attention span?
Trouble with memory?
…Negative vibes you just can’t seem to shake?
Don’t rule out the impact of your diet so quickly, and don’t make the mistake of overlooking the role it plays in contributing to your overall well being. The quality of our food choices most definitely holds the power to the shape quality of our thoughts, feelings, and overall outlooks on life. If you’re not feeding your body the vitamins and minerals it requires to function optimally, don’t expect a “stress-free” kind of life.
Aside from the array of degenerative diseases and illnesses an unhealthy diet can impose (let alone weight gain), a consistently unhealthy diet has the ability to keep us in an anxious or depressive state, along with the ability to impair our memory.
When we opt for sugary, highly processed, or unnatural foods, we increase levels of stress hormones in the brain. These stress levels signal the body to react in a “fight or flight” response which leaves us edgy, unhappy, and frustrated by the lack of a better solution. Most would never think their diet has such a direct correlation to their mental states.
It really is simple; as the great Hippocrates once stated:
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.
If you want to improve the quality of your overall wellbeing, ask yourself if you’re using the premium fuel necessary for the kind of life you want to live.
High sugar, unnatural, processed and unhealthy foods suppress a key growth hormone in the brain called BDNF – Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor. Basically, you can consider this hormone as “Miracle-Grow” for your brain; it fertilizes brain cells to keep them growing and functioning optimally, as well as increasing the growth of new neurons and therefore increasing cognitive ability.
If you think about it, we have total control on deciding the quality of life we want to have, and it all starts with our food choices. As UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science, Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, states: “this raises the exciting possibility that changes in diet are a viable strategy for enhancing cognitive abilities, protecting the brain from damage and counteracting the effects of aging”.
In today’s society, so many are fighting for their own control. You often see many people running after their personal development and success as they work hard to create or find their life purpose. Everyone wants to aim for their maximum human potential, yet no one considers the grassroots of what will make this possible.
Start where you are, do what you can.
It’s time to consider the basics, and to recognize the control you have in upgrading the quality of your life.
YOU choose what you feed your body.
Your consistency on either end of the spectrum will undoubtedly yield results.
The most important question to ask ourselves remains:
Which side are you on?
Love, Light, & Positive Vibes,
MARGHERITA DI BARI