Even when a person is resting, it runs at a top level of unceasing work.
It doesn’t stop running: the brain needs fuel to maintain such a demanding task. The fuel it needs comes from the food you eat.
Nutrients found in food such as amino acids, lipids, vitamins, and minerals are essential to sustaining vital processes. So what you eat affects the well-being of the brain, and in extension — your mental health.
The link between diet and mental health is at the forefront of Nutritional Psychiatry — a growing field that delves into the role of diet in mental health.
Your diet isn’t only important to your physical health, it has a vital role in your mental well-being too.
So how do you take advantage of the fact that food can help improve your mental health? Let’s find out first how it affects your mood.
We often talk about a “gut feeling” when we are clouded with uncertainty and we have to make a call or when faced with a situation that tests our resolve.
This gut-brain connection isn’t just symbolic; a vast network of neurons and a path of chemicals and hormones link the brain and gut.
This path gives feedback about how hungry you are, whether you’re experiencing stress, or if you’ve eaten a disease-causing microbe.
The enteric nervous system — the second brain as scientists call it — informs your mental state in other, more profound ways.
A hundred million embedded neurons are in the gut.
Moreover, about 90% of the fibers in the vagus nerve carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around. This indicates that your mental wellbeing may rely on signals from the second brain to the brain inside your skull.
Top 6 Neurotransmitter for our mental health nutrition
Earlier, I’ve brought up that chemicals and hormones link the brain and the gut.
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