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How Food Affects Your Mental Well-Being

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People are constantly on the go and are always looking for the quickest way to grab a bite to eat. No longer do we have the luxury of taking more than an hour to relax and enjoy our lunch during the busy work week. Now we opt for grabbing a quick lunch while going from one meeting to the next. Often we go through a drive-through restaurant to get breakfast, lunch or dinner because it is not only quick, but it is also convenient and most of the time inexpensive.

Fast food, some desserts, on-the-go foods, and many frozen meals you can buy at the grocery store all have one thing in common. They are all processed foods and can have adverse effects on your mind and body.

How food affects your mental wellbeing


  • Headaches. Have you ever experienced a headache but you did not know why? You did not feel particularly stressed that day, and you slept well that night. The chances are that you were experiencing a headache because of lack of proper hydration or perhaps from the food that you had consumed that day. Often fatty or processed foods can have a negative impact on your brain function and make you feel ill. A sign of this can be consistent headaches. Be sure to note when you have headaches and if you have been drinking enough water and eating healthy foods or not. If you have not been doing so, if you were to change this aspect of your lifestyle, chances are high that you would experience fewer headaches.
  • Fatigue. Eating fatty, processed foods may be delicious but can often leave you feeling like you are in need of a nap. Often this feeling will show up in the afternoon at work but it can also show up right after waking from a good night’s rest. If you never feel like you have had enough sleep, you could be experiencing fatigue because of what you have been eating. If your body does not receive the proper fuel to keep going, it will lag and be lethargic just as a car would if it was running out of gas.
  • Mood and Energy. By consuming the proper nutrients, you will have more energy and motivation to complete tasks and be productive throughout your day. Drinking enough water throughout the day can also have a positive impact on your mind and body. If you are feeling down and depressed, this could also be a sign that you are not eating properly. If you are consuming nutrients that healthily fuel your body, your brain will also be healthier and happier.

To deter some of these negative effects from happening to your mental state or your body, be sure that you are digesting the proper amount of nutrients that your body needs to sustain itself. Be sure to eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and organic dairy products. By changing your eating habits, you will experience fewer headaches, fatigue, and you will have more energy.

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