Many people find themselves doing this on a regular basis or trying to cram in a hurried meal on the run, fueling up on overly-processed foods and quick fixes of candy, soda and energy drinks.
Over time, this lack of proper nutrition can take a toll not only on the body but also on the brain, which in turn influences mood. Just like the rest of the body, the brain is an organ that is very sensitive to the nourishment we provide for it. The foods we eat can have a lasting influence on mood, mental functioning, and emotional well-being.
In some cases, the overly-processed sugary foods we eat trick the brain into over-releasing the chemicals that balance our mood levels and in other cases these foods can release toxins or oxidants than can harm healthy brain cells. This release of chemicals can make the brain less sensitive to its own self-regulation and can create cravings and mood swings. Eating lots of junk food or not eating at all on a regular basis robs the brain of valuable nutrients and the working capacity of the brain is severely compromised.
But there are many nutrients that are able to build brain health and encourage healthy regulation of mood and mental well being. A balanced mood and feelings of well being can be developed by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water.
Eating a nutritious combination of local produce, grains, proteins and fats are all part of the menu for the promotion of good mental health.
And remember that a diet that is good for the brain is also the same diet that is good for the body.