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What You Eat Influences Your Mental Mental Health

You are what you eat is an old but fairly accurate cliché. What many people have begun to understand is also that what you eat can influence how you feel. A CBS report came to this intuitive conclusion and hopefully represents a general trend towards the widespread adoption of more healthful dietary practices. 

Research shows your diet can have a profound effect on your mental health. Gastrointestinal abnormalities have been linked to a variety of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, hyperactivity and schizophrenia.

Part of the explanation for this relates to the fact that you have, in a very real sense, not one but two brains — one in your head and one in your gut — connected via your vagus nerve, which runs from your brain stem to your abdomen.

Researchers are increasingly starting to view gut inflammation as the root of depression, and one of the quickest and easiest ways to address this problem is by making the appropriate dietary changes. There are several easy to implement changes that can help you cultivate a healthy gut flora trough your diet.

The first step is to consume only whole and nourishing foods that have been sustainably sourced. Make sure you avoid refined sugars and all processed food. As mentioned above, fermented foods are also extremely beneficial and the more variety the better.

A final important step is to boost your consumption of healthy fats and optimize your omega-3 levels.  For more information, I recommend my free nutrition plan, which starts at the beginner phase and systematically guides you step-by-step to the advanced level. Preparing your own food may sound time consuming but the health benefits are immense. The convenience and price of processed food is entirely illusory. You can either pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later.
 
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