How Your Diet Can Affect Your Mood and Sleep (Nutritional Psychiatry)

How Your Diet Can Affect Your Mood and Sleep (Nutritional Psychiatry)


You know those days where everything seems
bad? Stress, irritability, tiredness, and even
depression can be signs of bad eating. Did you know that? Just like sleep can affect our eating, our
eating also can affect our mood. We even made a video about what foods improve
sleep and mood, so if that’s your problem, click on the video to learn more about them. In cases of fatigue, worry and tiredness,
the body seems to ask for a chemical reward in the form of serotonin, a neurotransmitter
responsible for the sensation of wellness, produced through the consumption of sugar
and fat. Have you ever noticed that, on days when you
are anxious about something, you end up eating more, and sometimes even compulsively? We also have a video on our channel about
what food can help you in cases of anxiety and depression. Have you watched it yet? The fact is that, in the last 10 years, many
doctors, dietitians, and psychiatrists have been investigating how much our eating habits
contribute to our mental states of euphoria and sadness. With all the studies, a new field was born:
nutritional psychiatry. Isn’t it interesting? Are you enjoying this video? Then give it a thumbs up to help the channel. But it doesn’t relate only to our mind: our
intestines can also be harmed when we don’t eat correctly. We also have a video about the link between
these two organs. Watch it, you will like to learn more! Eating bad damages the brain through a process
known as oxidative stress, which is the release of free radicals of oxygen in the body, something
that happens naturally and builds up as we age. An unbalanced diet ends up accelerating this
buildup. On the other hand, things that are good to
the brain are anti-inflammatory, simple fats (monounsaturated or polyunsaturated) and antioxidant
foods, like fruits, vegetables and nuts. These foods have a restorative effect on the
brain, protecting it from oxidative stress and inflammation that affects the balance
of neurotransmitters, responsible for regulating our emotions. Interesting, right? To the researchers, fats and sugar are bad
for us, not because they make us sad when we gain weight and feel bad about the numbers
on the scale, but because our eating habits make us get sick, reduce our immune system
and end up affecting our mental health. According to the study, people who have a
Mediterranean diet, rich in fibers, olive oil, green leaves, fruits, and vegetables,
have only 33% chance of developing depression. Did you know that the microorganisms that
live in our body are essential to the absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and the chemical balance
of neurotransmitters? Most of them – estimated to be more than 100
trillion – are in our intestines. Besides that, the intestine is also where
90% of our serotonin receptors are, which not only interfere with our mood and inhibit
pain, but also regulates sleep and appetite. More than that, according to studies, it has
been proved that there is a very complex communication between the brain and the intestine, affecting
different systems of our body, such as the endocrine nervous system, immune system, autonomic
nervous system, and the enteric nervous system. So, to the experts, it possible to modify
your intestinal environment throughout your life, by consuming more prebiotics, probiotics,
and foods like wholegrain cereal, fruits, vegetables, dairy, legumes (beans, peas, lentil,
soy, chickpea), eggs and meat (fish, chicken, and lean meats). You should also control your fat consumption. Now, tell us, have you done a diet that made
you less anxious and sad?


11 thoughts on “How Your Diet Can Affect Your Mood and Sleep (Nutritional Psychiatry)

  1. Diets affects our bodyโ€™s bacteria,itโ€™s chemistry at work,when a principal decided to changes the school canteen,no sugary or junk foods,within 6 months drastic improvement in studentโ€™s behaviour and school results,drawings and writing improved,when cattle farmers trying to cut costs tried giving cows meats off cuts and factories rejects,those cows develop MAD COW DISEASE.That explains why so much lunatics roaming the street.

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