Dr Ned is an Orem Chiropractor and Nutritional Pyschiatrist
So the idea of being a nutritional pyschiatrist is not my own. Thank you for allowing me to share the concept with you.
Our brains do a lot of amazing things. Just the mechanics of walking up or down stairs is an amazing neurological phenomenon. Due to the fact that your brain does so much it needs a lot of fuel.
The fuel for all of our body functions comes from the foods we eat. The foods we eat are like the gasoline we put in our cars.
We've all put low quality gasoline in our cars and noticed the difference in the performance of our car.
In the same way the foods we eat affect our performance. Maybe you've eaten a lot of junk food over a time. How did it make you feel? How did it affect your sleep? How did it affect your mood?
Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain. In addition to worsening your body’s regulation of insulin, they also promote inflammation and oxidative stress. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.
Thinking of our car / gasoline example I hope this makes sense to you.
Your brain will, in part, work as good as the fuel you put in.
The foods you eat will affect how you feel, how you behave and the kinds of bacteria you have in your intestines.
How does the foods you eat affect how you feel?
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. Since about 95% of your serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract, and your gastrointestinal tract is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons, it makes sense that the inner workings of your digestive system don’t just help you digest food, but also guide your emotions. What’s more, the function of these neurons — and the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin — is highly influenced by the billions of “good” bacteria that make up your intestinal microbiome. These bacteria play an essential role in your health. They protect the lining of your intestines and ensure they provide a strong barrier against toxins and “bad” bacteria; they limit inflammation; they improve how well you absorb nutrients from your food; and they activate neural pathways that travel directly between the gut and the brain.
Studes have shown that when people eat traditional diets (Which are typically high in vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, fish and sea food) or take probiotics, (supplements that contain good bacteria for our intestines), have lower anxiety levels, stress and higher mental outlook. It has been shown that these people have a 25- 35% less risk of depression.
What does this mean for you?
For the next few weeks eat as you normally do and pay attention to how specific foods make you feel, at the moment you eat them and later.
Once you have this understanding you can increase the foods that help you feel good and eliminate the ones that don't.
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