How The Food You Eat Affects Your Brain
Have you ever wanted to know how the food you eats affects your brain? Then read on. The food you eat doesn’t only impact your body, but it affects your mind too. The effects could be for better or worse, depending on what you eat.
Here’s the problem…
We all know what foods we should be eating. We just don’t like eating them. The processed foods, junk food, sugary treats beckon to us and we cave in to our temptations and gorge on them.
The lean meat, broccoli, healthy fats and other beneficial foods just seem so bland and boring. But oh… a pizza… heavenly! There is a saying that says ‘If it tastes good, it is bad for you’
So, why do we think this way?
The reason for that is conditioning. We’ve conditioned our minds and taste buds to love the detrimental foods. Once you get a taste for the sweet and greasy foods, eating the beneficial foods becomes a chore. Fast foods are usually jam packed with salts and sugars, which provide very powerful flavourings. Healthy foods are obviously an awful lots lower in salts and sugars, so the body does not get the same powerful flavour kick when we eat them.
Our bodies want nutrition. NOT sugar or junk. So, when you’re a victim to your taste buds and eat what you shouldn’t, your body does not function optimally.
You feel tired because the foods lack nutrients. You end up getting nutrient deficiencies. Millions of people around the world feel depressed and lethargic without realizing they might be having a vitamin D deficiency.
Your diet definitely plays a role in how you think and feel.
How it affects your mental state
Have you ever had a big lunch and then felt sleepy while at work?
You’re just not in the mood to do anything and you stare at the clock hoping for the time to pass. It almost feels like the second hand on the clock is going 2 seconds forward and 3 seconds back.
You can’t be productive. This annoys you because you know you have work to get done… and it also makes you hate your life, especially if you already hate your job.
A poor diet creates a weaker body that is susceptible to inflammation and other serious health problems. It’s a Herculean chore to develop mental calmness if your body is in a state of chaos.
What you need to do
For starters, you need to increase your water intake. Most people are in constant state of dehydration because they’re not drinking enough water throughout the day. Get your hydration right. You should be drinking between 6 – 8 glasses of water a day. Tea and coffee do not count towards your water intake, as they are both natural diuretics.
Next, you’ll want to cut down your intake of sugar. This is tricky because many people are sugar addicts without realizing it. Eliminating your sugar intake overnight is going to cause massive cravings. Watch out for all of the hidden sugars, become a food label reader, you will be shocked and surprised as to all of the foodstuffs that sugar is hidden
So, your goal will be to take the slow approach and eliminate sugar from your diet gradually.
The third step will be to increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables and add more fruit to your diet. This will give your body the micronutrients and fibre it needs.
The fourth step will be to use coconut oil or olive oil in your cooking. Reducing your use of hydrogenated vegetable oils will decrease inflammation in your body and leave you feeling better overall.
Last but not least, you should consume supplements such as a curcumin, vitamin D, fish oil, L-theanine, a greens powder, garlic oil and so on. These supplements will help to correct any nutrient deficiencies in your body while boosting your immune system at the same time.
Once your body is in an optimal state, it’ll be easier for you to quiet your mind with meditation or other techniques. Your body is the only home you have. Make sure it’s clean and in good order… and you’ll have a much better life.