The Impact Of Food On mood & Behaviour

The Impact Of Food On mood & Behaviour

 

Food, Mood and Behaviour

Nutrition can play an important role in the prevention and management of many kinds of difficulties in behaviour, learning and mood. These include:

 

  • Everyday difficulties in behaviour, learning or mood that can affect children at home and at school.
  • Developmental conditions - such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autistic spectrum disorders.
  • Low levels of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids can affect mental health, with some symptoms associated with particular nutritional deficiencies .Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder and schizophrenia.

 

 

 

Diet is important not only for physical health, but also for optimal mental development and functioning. There are many explanations for the cause-and-effect relationship between food and mood. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels are associated with changes in mood and energy, and are affected by what we eat. Additionally, brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine) influence the way we think, feel and behave. They can be affected by what we've eaten. There can also be abnormal reactions to artificial chemicals in foods, such as artificial colourings and flavourings and people can become hypersensitive to foods. This can cause what are known as delayed or hidden food allergies or sensitivities. It's generally accepted that how we feel can influence what we choose to eat or drink. Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. It can have harmful effects on metabolism and contribute to all sorts of diseases such as liver disease and diabetes. Eating too much sugar can seriously compromise the ability of your immune system to fight viruses, bacteria and parasites and at no surprise, consuming too much sugar can make you gain weight.