How does your food impact your mood?
February 06, 2023
Ample awareness has been spread about how healthy eating and nutritious food leads to a healthy body; a body that is nourished with a wide range of natural vitamins, minerals, and water, is one that functions to the best of its ability. A person consuming a healthy diet tends to sleep well, breathe well, feel well, and feel strong. However, what about the mind?


A balanced diet made up of healthy foods leads to a mind that is alert and focused as it aids in better concentration and clarity. Moreover, on the flip side, unhealthy foods full of processed carbohydrates or fats, or sugar and inadequate amounts of healthy foods (such as when people follow extreme diets to lose weight) can lead to lethargy, fatigue, irritation, and lower levels of attention and concentration.


There is also reliable research indicating that unhealthy food consumption over a long period of time can aggravate mood swings, anxiety, stress, and depression. Pop culture termed the word “hangry” to show people how “hunger” often leads to “anger”, and the basis of this word is not scientifically inaccurate. Unhealthy and processed foods biologically impair our brain and its neurotransmitters, which indicate addiction and excessive craving for fried, salty, or sugary treats because they are linked to our pleasure centers.


So how do you reverse the damages your unhealthy diet causes in your brain and body, leading to a decline in your mental health?

All you must do is slowly cut down the processed and unhealthy foods, and replace them with a greater quantity of water, fruits, vegetables, proteins, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and other foods rich in omega-3 fats. This shift to mindful eating, which can be monitored by maintaining a healthy food journal, can make a radically positive shift in your body, leading to a significant improvement in your mood, energy, and productivity.


If you make sure you eat well, get enough sleep, do regular exercise, and surround yourself with good-quality relationships and people you can be honest with, you’ll be on the right track.

Dr. Jinal Joshi