How food impacts your mood

We have all seen the classic scenario of when kids are given birthday cake; and within 5 minutes they are running around going crazy!

Then 1-2 hours later, it’s all about the post party come down. Tears, inconsolable, melt downs and unreasonable are the nicer terms of when your child has hit their sugar low.

Fast forward 30 years or so, and does it get any different for us as adults?

Fortunately we might be able to contain our selves when we eat a little cake here and there. But how often do we rely on what we out in our mouth for a short pick me up?

Coffee would be the first one that comes to my mind.

I’m sure you have heard…..

Talk to me after I’ve had my coffee.

How about the snack draw in the office to appease the afternoon lull?

There’s nothing wrong with having a coffee or a quick little pick me up here and there……it’s how often, and what with that can be the problem.

Traditionally, food  can bring families, friends and communities together. It can involve joy, celebrations and connection. Food gives us energy and provides us with essential nutrients so we can function on a daily basis. But unfortunately in Western society, the abundance of choice and variety of food can often contain ’empty nutrients’ that don’t serve our bodies or mind.

The over consumption of sugar has impacted the health of many people, causing obesity, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines and brain fog.

Alcohol is a depressant.

Wheat consumption can also lead to brain fog.

Additives & preservatives can impact behaviour.

So we need to start thinking of the LONG term effect of how food and drink impacts not just our physical being, but our mental being.

There is enough evidence now that we know that the brain and gut speak to each other via the vagus nerve and autonomic nervous system. And that the gut sends it’s own messages via the enteric nervous system.

We also know how high sugars can make our blood sugar levels go high and then crash not long after. If we keep feeding into this loop of quick fixes, the long term impact can effect your health in more ways than one.

90% of serotonin (feel good hormone) and 50% of dopamine (your motivation hormone) are derived from your gut. So it would be fair to say that if your gut health is in poor shape, then these 2 neurotransmitters will be too.

Making the right food choices can not only keep your blood sugar levels in check. But what if you were eating something on a regular basis and had no idea how it could be sending you down the road to poor physical and mental health?

My tip for you is to keep a food and mood diary (and poo if your super keen). This way you can track what your have eaten, and see if there is any connection to your mood. I have a template that you can use here… Food_Mood_Poo_Diary.

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Lerner et. al, The GUT microbiome feelings of the brain: A perspective for non-microbioligists, Microrganisims, 2017, 5, 66 pg. 1-24










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