It is well known to almost everyone, of the connection between our diet and physical health. Numerous studies have shown the increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many other detrimental complications with a diet that includes higher amounts of sugar, processed foods and refined carbohydrates. There is another aspect not getting enough attention and that is the connection between the foods we eat and our mental health. Many say that our mental health may be equal to, or even more important then our physical health and our moods and feelings can rely heavily on what we consume in our diet each day.
In the book “BodyReboot: Ignite Your Metabolism, Quickly Shed Weight & Eat Your Way To Health” Bill McIntosh explains that when we are consuming a diet high in sugary foods, our brain will release certain hormones that not only keep us hungry but wanting even more sugar and carbohydrates.
It gets even stranger than this, because not only will your body use your brain chemistry to make you hungry it will release dopamine to make you feel good and reward you when you eat sugary or high- carbohydrate meals to give it what it wants. In one scientific study it was shown that in rats this caused the development of binge-eating problems. It resulted in an addiction-like state to high- carbohydrate foods.
In Psychology Today, Dr David Sack discusses the “4 Ways Sugar Could Be Harming Your Mental Health“. He specifically highlights the correlation between how a high-sugar diet can have dangerous effects on your mood, learning ability and quality of life.
In addition to inflating waistlines, sugar and other sweeteners, including high fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses and maple syrup, may contribute to a number of mental health problems:
Research has tied heavy sugar consumption to an increased risk of depression and worse outcomes in individuals with schizophrenia. Sugar is also at the root of chronic inflammation, which impacts the immune system, the brain and other systems in the body and also has been implicated in depression.
Both drugs and, to a lesser extent, sugar and processed junk foods flood the brain with the feel-good chemical dopamine, over time changing the function of the brain. Rats given fatty and sugary products demonstrated classic symptoms of addiction including tolerance and withdrawal symptoms when the products were taken away.
The Standard American Diet, which is full of sugar and fat, does not necessarily cause anxiety but it does appear to worsen anxiety symptoms and impair the body’s ability to cope with stress. In a 2008 study, rats that binged on sugar and then fasted displayed anxiety, and in a 2009 study rats fed sucrose compared to high-antioxidant honey were more likely to suffer anxiety.
#4 Learning and Memory
Sugar may also compromise cognitive abilities such as learning and memory. The high sugar diet caused insulin resistance, which in turn damaged communications between brain cells that fuel learning and memory formation.
The BodyReBoot book discusses how to reverse these symptoms and begin rebalancing your body by the Ketogenic or Keto diet. The Keto diet removes the sugar and carbohydrates from your body along with other numerous negative effects you may be currently experiencing. The BodyReboot book explains the importance of how the foods we consume each day can detrimentally effect our short and long term health and how by adapting this new lifestyle plan we can become healthy in body and mind. It is all connected. Our brain chemistry is of vital importance and making changes to protect our well being must be top priority. Knowledge is power!
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I highly recommend you read Dr Sack's entire article, he explains further the specific research completed and the importance of learning about how a high-sugar diet can effect our physical and mental well being. Just click the link here.