Does food influence our thoughts?

Content by: Stuart Cooke

180 Nutrition Month of the Brain

Everything you have ever experienced, felt, or conducted in life is due to brain function…. It is impossible for a person to become healthy mentally or physiologically without a healthy brain.Datis Kharrazin DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci

After interviewing some of the brightest brains on the planet on our podcast The Health Sessions we thought we’d examine the most powerful computing system there is; The Human Brain.

Even though there is a known common distinction between mind and body, I view things a little differently. We already know that having a healthy body can be influenced by the foods we eat, and the lifestyle choices we make, so why would the brain be any different? After all it’s all housed under the same roof, and that to me simply means it’s still part of the same thing.

Then the burning questions for me are:

  • How much of the foods we eat influence the way we think?
  • If so, what foods help brain function?
  • Our attention span?
  • Our mood?
  • Reaction time?
  • Intelligence?
  • Attitude?
  • Longevity?
  • Memory?

The list goes on and on…

Chicken & egg kind of stuff

The more I’ve delved into wellness, health and nutrition, the more convinced I am that there are natural solutions to almost everything when it comes to the human body. If the body and mind are in fact one, then a undernourished body surely means a undernourished mind?

I hear a lot of talk on mindset and how our thoughts effect our decisions and of course our decisions effect the choices we make each day. This is no easy task though because it takes a certain determination to take responsibility of ones self and health. How often do you see people reaching the point where the pain of the problem far outweighs the pain of the long-term lasting solution, and only then react? Ultimately, I believe health is a choice and a responsibility we have to wear ourselves as there are no quick fixes. I can guarantee you this, no one will ever be more invested in your health than you.

Food for thought

So could changing some of the very foods we eat change our mental state?

If this is the case, as we change our thoughts and be more positive with our food choices and lifestyle habits, our brain function improves and we continue to make better choices. A positive cycle is created instead of a negative one. How would you feel if you started the day with a bowl of sugary cereal and an energy drink compared to a nourishing whole food breakfast smoothie? One would send your energy levels soaring (for a very short while) putting you into a state of fight-or-flight and the other would provide long-lasting fuel, stable energy levels and clearer thinking. I know which one I would choose.

If I were a betting man, I’d be putting my money on the fact that if we gave our body the right foods, removal of toxic burdens and unhealthy lifestyle factors, things would start to positively and naturally connect and move in our favour.

So if you want to take charge of your own metal, physical and emotional health and begin to feel that anything is possible, then join us as we guide you on how to live your best lives with nourishing whole food supplements supported with the very best health and wellness advice.

Have any thoughts on this (excuse the pun!)? Know any brain foods? Would love to hear from you, Stu…

Stuart Cooke

This article is brought to you by Stuart Cooke. Stuart is the co-Founder and Director of 180 Nutrition. 180 Nutrition are aligned with a number of health professionals such as leading Nutritionists and Naturopaths and regularly connect with the world’s best experts in health and wellness via their iTunes podcast,... Read More

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