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The Top 3 Ways Nutrition Affects Your Mental Well-being

There is an abundance of research which has proven that a person’s brain functions, mood and behaviors are greatly affected by nutrition (or the lack of it). A person who has skipped a meal will be notably weaker, more out of focus and more irritable than a person who’s eaten. Here are the top three ways the food you consume could be affecting your mental state.


1. It affects your mood and behavior

Lack of adequate nutritional supply to the brain can result in alterations in the activities of the neurotransmitters, a chemical component in the brain that transmit one nerve impulse from one nerve cell to another. The malfunctioning of the transmitters can influence mood, rationale and even sleep patterns, which eventually will affect behavior.
Neurotransmitters are partly made up of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. If the required amino acid is lacking, it affects the functioning of the neurotransmitters and disrupts the normal functioning of the brain by the process described above.

2. It determines your body’s energy level

Energy is not just needed for performing physical activities, it’s also needed to sustain the various bodily functions. The metabolic process, digestive process, etc, all require energy to work efficiently, and this energy is primarily obtained from the calories in food, through the process of metabolism. The more calories in the food you eat, the more energy your body will have too use and expend.

3. It affects brain function

As unlikely as it sounds, the reality is that hunger or lack of essential nutritional can affect a number of mental processes and make you “dumber”. The human brain has high energy and nutrient needs as we said in the previous point, and a low calorie diet can alter the functioning of nerves and the brain chemistry as well.

Deficiencies or excesses of certain vitamins or nutrients can also have fatal consequences like impaired brain function, cause changes in memory, limit problem solving ability and even lead to damaged nerves in the brain. As a result, doctors recommended that people eat a balanced diet in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid the numerous health problems that could arise from poor nutrition.


Nutrition is extremely important for your overall health and can affect your mental well being in the ways listen here above, and you should be sure to make sure that your body receives all the nutrients that it needs for a balanced diet on a regular basis.

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