How Processed Food Effects the Emotional and Mental Healh and Causes Diseases?
Do you know that the type of food affects the emotional status of the human being and some processed types may cause diseases?
There rises an important question "How food affects your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health?"
Let's discover how food choices affect your health, increase your energy, and reduce your risk for and even reverse many chronic illnesses:The effects of food on the mind have been studied for many thousands of years by Oriental philosophers. When extremely poor-quality foods are eaten, their effects on the mind and emotions are much more dramatic—sometimes causing complete mental breakdowns and personality transformations.
Processing takes a lot of nutrients out of the nutrient rich foods moreover processed foods are fortified with synthetics. Processed food is made from real food that has been put through devitalizing chemical processes and is infused with chemicals and preservatives. Beef jerky, canned tea, jam, hot dogs, and low-fat yogurt with sugar or aspartame are a few examples of processed food. Preservatives are also used as a type of additive used to help stop food from spoiling.
Junk foods contain very little real food. They’re made of devitalized processed food, hydrogenated fats, chemicals, and preservatives. Canned breakfast drinks, cold/sugary cereals, doughnuts, drive-through foods, and soda are examples of junk foods.
In the modern era, the scientists start to invent new techniques of food processing, and the food styles the people follow had changed. The scientists had not realized that such new styles would harm people as the percentage of physical and psychological diseases had increased because of processed foods.
Foods affect our mental and emotional state in two ways:
- They either furnish or deplete vital nutrients upon which our mental and emotional health depend, and
- They either do or do not produce toxic by-products, in the body which poison the brain and contribute to emotional problems.
As for some examples, eating grapes furnishes the blood with readily-assimilated natural sugars and minerals that are conducive to mental activity; consuming white sugar, on the other hand, depletes the body of B-vitamins, and this leads to nervousness and mental depression. Eating fresh raw foods places little or no toxic matter in the body; whereas eating preserved and cooked foods saturates the bloodstream with toxins that poison the body and interfere with brain function.
We can deduce from the above observations that optimum nutrition for physical, mental and emotional health consists of selecting those foods that, first, can supply the body with all of its nutrient needs and that do not interfere with the nutritional balance, and, second, contribute little or no toxic by-products.
Food affects you mentally by affecting your body's chemistry. foods affect your memory and your ability to focus, think clearly, and relax. There are many ways in which foods you choose to eat effect you mentally, emotionally, and physically.
A study, conducted by a research team at College London, had concluded the possibility of having relationship between depression and consumption of processed foods as people who consume larger amounts of vegetables, fruits and fish are less exposed to depression.
The team who conducted the research says that this is the first time the relationship between depression and diet is being watched in Britain. The data of the diet of 3500 persons at the middle age were studied and then compared with the cases of depression after five years as published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The people participated in the study were classified into two groups: first group's diet depends on vegetables, fruits and fish, and the second group's diet depends on processed and fatty foods
Studies verified that canned meat products and foods containing preservatives and ready to eat meals (like Hamburgers, etc) have harmful effects on the person's emotional status, so if you want to enjoy emotional stability and quietness, have physical health and live longer you have to stay away from these foods.
Processed food and link with depression:
It was verified through this study that the percentage of depression in people who had larger amounts of natural foods is 26% less than people who had processed foods like Mortadella, Hamburgers and Junk foods, on the other hand, the percentage of depression among people consuming larger amounts of processed foods is 58% higher than people who consumed less amounts of these foods.
The scientists says that there is a research which concluded that people following the Mediterranean diet are less exposed to depression, also there are many researches that connect between the type of diet and the diseases of the humans.
We need to increase self awareness by making healthy choices in eating to create healthier(physically or emotionally), more balanced, and fulfilling lives.
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