Can Nutrition Affect Mental Health

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Can Nutrition Affect Mental Health
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One of the newest fields in psychiatry is the field of nutritional psychiatry. Your brain is always on. It works 24 /7. Because of that it needs high octane fuel yet most people give it the 87 octane. Your brain can get by on it for a while but it will start to show. Your brain will start to backfire. Sputter when you hit the throttle. The fuel you give your body affects the structure and function of your brain. The processes of your brain affect your moods. Our body needs high quality foods. Foods that contain lots of Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants. Diets high in refined foods, especially sugars are harmful to the brain. In 1957, Dr William Coda Martin went as far as to classify refined sugar as a poison. His scientific backup for this was the fact that refined sugar depletes the body of nutrition. It requires vitamins and minerals to break it down but refined sugars have none. It provides only “Empty” or “Naked” calories. Minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium are needed to return the blood sugar levels to a more normal state. Sugar is a very low fuel source. So, eating sugar has a huge effect on your mental health.

For many years the medical field did not acknowledge the connection between mood and food. But we are now learning there are many consequences and correlations between what we eat and how we feel. 95% of Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, appetite and moods and inhibits pain is produced in your gastrointestinal tract. So, if your GI tract is off it makes sense that your moods are also. So, if that is the case then we must change what we eat in order to feel better emotionally. To have a healthy GI tract we need to eat foods high in Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This means eating lots of vegetables, fruits and unprocessed grains. In order to do this, it takes attention, commitment, and work. I found out a few years ago I only eat what I buy. If I don’t buy candy and cookies, I don’t eat candy and cookies. It is much easier to pass on something in the store than to pass on it when it is in the house. This is not something that is one and done this is something I work on each day. It is a commitment each time I eat and each time I go to the store and buy food. There is still the desire to eat something sweet. I get that craving each day, sometimes many times per day. Sometime I fill that craving with something healthy, other times I fill it with something not healthy. I try to live by the 80 % rule. Meaning that 80% of the time it is healthy. I also make sure that I have a healthy gut. By eating things like kimchi and sauerkraut with enzymes and keeping my sugar intake low. I know in my life there is a causation and correlation between how I feel and what I eat.

There is lots of evidence to show that what we eat is important and that it affects our emotions. Processed foods have little to no value and provide no help to run the brain. Now if you think the government or FDA would protect you from foods that are poisonous. The FDA reported in a congressional report that “exposure to toxic elements in the food supply extremely seriously, … will continue to reduce levels of arsenic in infant rice cereal.”  We had to take lead out of paint in case kids were eating paint chips but they can have it present in baby’s cereal. This means you have to be responsible for your own wellness no one else can do it. Just because it is marketed and labeled as a food does not mean it should be eaten.

Now, maybe you eat pretty good and get the 12 to 14 serving of fruits and vegetables a day I did when I was doing shakes twice a day. I was sure I was getting the nutrition I needed. But then I found information stating that the opposite was true. Because of the way we grow our food it has stripped the amounts of nutrition from the food we grow. According to the Department of Agriculture nutritional data from 1950 and1999 there have been “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. For example, it would take eating 8 Oranges to get the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have got from one. Another example is spinach, even if it is kept at 39 degrees over 8 days it loses much of its nutritional value. It is still important to eat a diet high in fruits and veggies. There is more in them than other foods you might eat. It is important to your GI tract to have a large variety of foods. Veggies need to be a large part of what you eat. But it is best to get them from local organic farmers and not to keep them long. 

Because of the reduced vitamins and minerals in our foods and in order to remain happy, and healthy we need supplementation to get the correct nutritional value our bodies need. Supplements are not created equally. Some supplements do not put the vitamins and minerals in ways the body can use them. Some use lower quality that does not do the same thing in the body. It is important that the supplement makes vitamins and minerals bioavailable. The best way to make them bioavailable is to get them in a liquid format. The correct supplementation helps many people to lose weight, feel good, love your life, and have more confidence.

Go to https://kengerber.kyani.com/us/ and there are free assessments and a PDF you can download for free called “7 Ways Your Modern Diet is Killing You and What You Can Do About It” I cannot overstate how important nutrition is and how poor most people eat. This is a big deal. It changes the way we think and feel. Make sure you are getting the correct nutrition. I know Kyani will change your life like it has mine.

In our next blog we will be interviewing my wife Evelyn about nutrition…

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