But a healthy diet affects not only the body. It also positively affects our mind, our psyche.
Sometimes we have a wonderful mood, we feel full of strength and energy.
On other days, for no apparent reason, we feel “retarded”, tired, we feel a sense of sadness, and we do not want to do anything.
And the reason for this may be incorrect eating habits. Therefore, it is important to know about the relationship between them and anxiety and depression.
1. Dependence on caffeine
Coffee often helps us cheer up and concentrate. A cup of coffee in the morning, before work, another cup at the height of the working day …
Unfortunately, coffee can badly affect your brain.
If you drink it constantly, and it becomes necessary for you, your body (and brain) starts to perceive it as something necessary for the body to function normally.
And when caffeine does not enter the body, the amount of serotonin decreases, and this causes anxiety, irritability and decreased concentration. Therefore, the “coffee” should be weaned. To drink coffee, if there is such a need, you can only observe moderation.
2. A diet that has too much sugar
At many habitual “dose” of sugar in day makes not less than 16 spoons. Of course, this is too much. Excess consumption of sugar and sugar-containing foods is one of our worst eating habits.
This leads to a decrease in the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone that regulates various functions in our body:
- Sleep cycles
- Control of pain
- Maintaining the required level of carbohydrates
The lack of serotonin in the body causes depression. Often, this increases the pressure and increases the production of cortisol .
And this, in turn, can cause an increase in the production of thyroid hormones and problems with digestion.
With a lack of serotonin, the body may have problems with the reproductive system and fertility, as well as miscarriages.
3. Drinking alcohol
Many people know that alcohol abuse causes depression.
Nevertheless, we often can not stop and drink more than is permissible. At such times, we do not think about the consequences, and they come the next morning – in the form of a headache, or even a hangover.
Alcohol not only causes depression, it is also a stimulant.
It suppresses the production of the glutamate neurotransmitter, but increases the production of neurotransmitters, which exert a retarding effect on the immune system.
As a result, our thoughts, movements and speech slow down. The more we drink, the stronger this effect is expressed.
Alcohol also often causes aggressive or too impulsive behavior.
4. Eat too much fried
When we feel bad, we are often tempted to eat something “tasty”. It seems to us that after that we feel better.
Usually we are “comforted” by such products:
And how often did such food really help you feel better?
Maybe it’s just your harmful food habit, which you adhere to only because you do not know how such food affects your body and your psyche?
Such products are fried in hydrogenated oil, and they contain trans fats harmful to the body. They contribute to a set of excess weight.
And with them is the emergence of depression.
5. Too much or too little salt
If you belong to people who love salty foods, you should know that excessive salt intake is dangerous to health.
Salt causes an increase in blood pressure. As a result, the heart lays additional load.
But if there is too little salt in your food, too, there are problems. Suffer as the body, and the psyche. These are the problems:
- Feeling of frustration
- Hostile feelings (to someone or something)
- Negative emotions
It is important that in your diet the salt content is balanced.
Many not very salty foods seem tasteless, but you can gradually reduce the amount of salt (if there are too many of them) in your diet. And the body “will feel the difference.”
6. Getting along without breakfast is also harmful
Some people prefer to go without a normal breakfast. But do you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
When we do not have breakfast, the brain seems to switch to “a mode of work with a low energy consumption.”
But if you, say, are prone to depression, the brain, in order to remain in a normal state, should receive all possible energy.
Without breakfast, you can skip dinner, simply because you do not feel hunger.
This is because your body gets used to “low energy consumption”.
But this is a harmful food habit, it has a bad effect on health.
Therefore, it is better to have a good breakfast. Your body and brain will appreciate it.