Is Food Affecting Our Mental Health?

We live hectic and busy lifestyles, trying to  juggle our work life balance leaves little time to think about what is fuelling our daily activities.

Some recent studies are exploring the connection between what we eat and how we feel.

#1: Eating junk food

Junk food, which basically encompasses anything high in sugar, salt and fat, already has a considerable list of associated health concerns.

A new study published in the Public Health Nutrition journal stated that consumers of fast food, contrasted with those who eat little or none, are an astounding 51% more likely to develop depression.

An Oxford University study recently confirmed this, revealing that junk food consumption can lead to heightened irritability, aggression and even violent tendencies.

For some great lunch box ideas, go to goodfood.com.au

#2: Consuming too much caffeine

While caffeine can certainly boost focus and act as a natural mood lifter, many of us are overdoing it. Too much caffeine overstimulates your central nervous system and can result in a racing heart, anxiety and sweating.

Break your addiction by cutting down by one cup per day. And choose tea or green tea which provide a much smaller caffeine hit.

#3: Cutting out carbs from your diet

According to researchers at MIT — for those of us that do attempt a low-carb diet, mood swings are very much a possibility.

A study of a three week low-carb diet found stopping carbohydrates caused the brain to stop regulating serotonin, the neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

If you want to cut down on carbs, cut out all the processed white stuff and choose heavy, whole grains that come with iron and a whole host of B vitamins to help boost your mood — and provide long lasting energy.

#4: Skipping breakfast

There’s a reason why you might be feeling “hangry” after skipping breakfast.

While it may seem like a great way to save on calories, money and time, it could trigger weight problems and make you feel downright awful.

In fact, one study found that adults who started their day with breakfast had a greater positive mood than those who didn’t eat anything.

Having some protein with carbohydrates is the ideal breakfast combo — the protein helps to keep you satisfied and wholegrain carbohydrates help to boost your blood glucose levels.

source: news.com.au

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