People joke about the punchline…..easy, fast and sweet…..but it really is serious. What you eat feeds your body….or starves it.
Most of the time, when people use that phrase they are trying to push a good diet to LOOK good. This time, I want you to consider how you FEEL. Your emotions. If you are quick to anger, if you have little tolerance for people, look at your diet as part of the cause.
Processed food full of chemicals causes people to be more irritable, quick to anger, and have difficulty listening to information. I first heard this during the Presidential campaign time period a couple of years ago and thought maybe that is why people are so short tempered when someone says something that differs from what they hold dear. I had not seen anything more posted, but you know how the press limits what we see.
So, seeing the same ugly behavior once again…or should I say, the high level of stupid ugly behavior once again, I thought I would do some online mining. Please remember I am not a scientist, but consider, as a premise, that since our food really started getting pumped full of chemical preservatives and we are ingesting herbicides through high agricultural use, the trend has been increased anger.
People carrying guns…and using them. People ramming other people with their cars. People suing someone when they smash a car window to rescue a baby or a pet inside a car on a hot day. People denying their responsibility. People lying.
People claiming God in their life but being so sure theirs is the ONLY right way that it is out of love they have to tell us what fools we are.
So, here are some studies I found.
(NaturalNews) The things you eat have a direct effect on your state of mind, and even have the power to drastically alter your behavioral patterns. These are the findings of a new study out of Oxford University in the U.K., which revealed that processed junk food consumption can lead to aggression, irritability, and even violent tendencies. http://www.naturalnews.com/039655_processed_food_irritability_research.html##ixzz3FP8l1eAo
Food is a basic ingredient in the formation of natural mood elevating brain chemicals like serotonin. Serotonin deficiencies cause depression, anxiety, anger problems and eating disorders. Neurons (brain cells) require food nutrients to make the chemical messengers that influence every system of the body. Your emotions can instantly change depending on what you eat. If you grab fast food, boxed, packaged, or processed food, you get a stimulating high from sugar, salt and fat. Unfortunately a crash follows as your brain is starved of serotonin enhancing nutrients. The crash causes food cravings that can lead to overeating, weight gain and irritability. http://www.manageangerdaily.com/2011/08/heal-your-angry-brain-part-2-of-5/#sthash.BbPuwTOC.dpuf
Food additives and poor diet could help explain poor school performance, criminal behavior, alcoholism, and the growing numbers of Alzheimer‘s patients. According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, high sugar content and starchy carbohydrates lead to excessive insulin release, which in turn leads to falling blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia causes the brain to secrete glutamate in levels that can cause agitation, depression, anger, anxiety, panic attacks and an increase in suicide risk. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/29/what-s-in-that-how-food-affects-your-behavior.aspx
Aggression is a difficult and sometimes devastating symptom that occurs in children for varied reasons—some known and some unknown — both nature and nurture. It’s a difficult area to study/understand for many reasons, especially for children and adults with autism that cannot speak. Causes and triggers of aggression are difficult for any child to understand and describe (Autism or not). It was this very correlation (food and aggression) that initially intrigued me fourteen year ago, and sparked my career as nutrition researcher and clinician focused on ASD and beyond. http://nourishinghope.com/2014/01/can-aggression-be-related-to-food/
What we eat can not only affect the way we feel physically, it can greatly impact the way we feel and function mentally. Eating a poor diet, rich in processed food and stimulants, can cause our bodies to swing in blood sugar and hunger, which can create imbalance for both body and mind. Certain additives can create physical discomfort and also cause feelings akin to many anxiety symptoms. Equally the lack of vital nutrients in our diet can be responsible for exacerbating the symptoms of some pre-existing mental health conditions. http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/lifestyle/mind-food/food-for-good-mental-health.html
There are more. Interesting that much of what is written is coming from the UK. There is a lot of difficulty here in the US to research the relationship of food to health. That does not mean the information we can read from overseas studies is not pertinent. In fact, we can assume our food choices here in the US put us at risk more than in Europe where the concern abotu processed food has resulted in blocking GMOs.
Chose your food better….leave the anger behind.