Does the food you eat make you unhappy?

Ask children whether the foods they eat have the power to make them unhappy and they will pipe up that eating what they do not like certainly makes them miserable. As people mature, they often repress their desire for particular tastes in favor of health. Eating sprouts when you do not like them is worth the effort. However, could it be that what you consume makes you unhappy for reasons other than personal preference?

Studies show that what you eat certainly influences your feelings. For instance, eat too much fast food and you are likely to feel depressed. Foods with a high fat content can cause you to experience lethargy and the blues. However, much of the time, it is what you do not consume rather than what you do consume that influences your emotions negatively.

Not eating enough foods that contain omega 3s, such as oily fish, could leave you feeling miserable. You might even become impulsive and spend a lot of time engaging in “glass half empty” type of thoughts, since a lack of omega 3 fatty acids can make you pessimistic.

If you do not eat a sufficient amount of complex carbs, such as whole-grain varieties of foods, your system will probably lack the feel-good chemical serotonin. Countless people on diets refrain from eating carbohydrates as they imagine that they will pile on the pounds if they indulge. The result is that they binge on sugary snacks when their mood crashes to an all time low. Nonetheless, high-fiber carbohydrates have health benefits, and the serotonin that your system produces when you eat them is an appetite suppressant.

Iron, found in red meat, beans and egg yolks, helps people focus and avoid depression, while thiamine, found in cereal, pork and cauliflower, helps with self-esteem and energy levels. In addition, you will benefit from consuming folic acid, found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and oranges, if you do not want to feel depressed.

More surprisingly, perhaps, recent research shows that the health of your gut might be able to influence your mental health. Eating probiotic yogurt has the potential to help you deal with stress efficiently. Your stomach communicates with your brain. Thus, although relaxation exercises aimed at calming your mind are beneficial, you could soothe anxiety by altering the bacteria levels in your gut. Combining traditional stress reduction techniques with probiotics might be part of the health plan that doctors recommend in the future to safeguard mental well-being.

The saying, “you are what you eat” has some underlying truth. Consume the right foods regularly, since eating healthily occasionally will not do the trick, and you can benefit greatly.

References:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diet/articles/2011/08/31/food-and-mood-6-ways-your-diet-affects-how-you-feel?page=2
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/21/4595712/gut-feelings-the-future-of-psychiatry-may-be-inside-your-stomach

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Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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