Last Updated on September 7, 2020
Can what you eat make a difference to your thinking or your mood?
I think 2013 was when scientists started to look at the impact of the microbiome on cognition and mood. There are now many studies demonstrating that what you eat can highly influence how you think and feel.
Several parts of the brain are impacted by nutrition. The prefrontal cortex, the cortex, the amygdala, the hippocampus, and other areas of the brain will be affected. I’ve noticed this in patients for many years in my clinic.
I consider gut bacteria to make the difference between feeling good and feeling bad emotionally. I’ve noticed this in the clinic innumerable times. I’ve monitored patients using stool tests and documented a direct connection between the level of dysbiosis, yeast overgrowth, bacteria overgrowth, parasite infections, and how the patient feels.
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As the diet and gut improved and harmful microorganisms were reduced, my patients’ moods would pick up noticeably. Their jobs and relationships improved. Their cognitive symptoms disappeared.
I’ve concluded the nature of our gut flora is directly linked to the functioning of our brain. The quality of food that we eat has a direct impact on the microbial population in our GI tract. As a result, our diet can either leave us feeling terrible or leave us feeling sharp and energized.
Every time you eat something, remember the saying, “People dig their own graves with their teeth.” I read some alarming reports from the United States that most Americans eat less than a cup of fruit per day and less than two cups of vegetables per day. A diet like that will increase dysbiosis and gut imbalance, leading to cognitive dysfunction and mood disorders.
Is it any wonder that the world’s becoming a more depressing, anxious place to live?
Remember, the choice is yours. You decide what you put in your mouth every day. It’s your call. Decide how you want to feel and eat accordingly.