There is no doubt that eating something processed (e.g. a chocolate bar or a packet of chips) will raise our spirits intermittently! These foods are likely to activate a dopamine pathway in the brain, giving us a short-term fix to make us feel better.
But it is the long-term consequences of eating these foods regularly, which can significantly affect our mood. Generally, these discretionary foods are high in sugar and saturated fat, which can be detrimental to our long-term physical and mental health.
Studies have shown that nutrient-poor diets have strong links to mental health disorders, like anxiety and depression. Interestingly, depression is now considered a ‘whole body condition’, rather than just something in our heads. Evidence shows the relationship between gut health and one’s mood and mental state.
Why is gut health so important?
Essentially, it comes down to the bacteria in the gut (AKA the gut...