It always comes back to the old adage, we are what we eat. But these days eating healthy foods isn’t as easy as it used to be. It seems that our food is being adulterated by various pollutants even whilst being grown. Also if you eat processed food than you have all the other additives to contend with. A good piece of advice I was recently given, eat mainly food that is just one ingredient, even if you then combine it with others. At least you aren’t eating all the additives that processed food has in it.
A week ago I watched a television programme about children that are geniuses, and one young boy said that his brains were due to his Mum having a craving for sardines, whilst she was pregnant with him. Which bares this article out, that the food we eat can and does make a difference to our mental capacity.
“With the rise of mental health cases in western countries along with the huge costs of treatment, experts have begun to ponder on the effect of food on brain function. The Mental Health Foundation of UK has claimed that changes in diet over the period …Jagran Post”
I have a little job playing the piano for a dance school and the dance mistress constantly has to advise parents not to give certain children sweets, as it makes them hyperactive. You can pick out the hyperactive children in class, and it is a sad sight indeed, their ability to learn is quite impaired, but often a child put onto a good diet of natural food (unprocessed food, and limited sweets) theirbehaviour will change quite dramatically and they soon become as the other children.
As I get older my ability to concentrate has diminished, and I find playing the piano during a dance class quite an ordeal, so try to be extra careful what I eat, and if possible I will actually eat oily fish before I play, probably sardines, it is extraordinary what a difference such a small adjustment can make. We like to eat out of our garden, my husband is a committed gardener, and I have enjoyed the health benefits of his hard work. It does make an incredible difference when you eat your own, organic fruit and vegetables, eaten the day they are picked, from the vine into the pot, so to speak.
I can see that mental health issues can come from a poor diet, for instance if you are eating incorrectly it can cause insomnia, and that in itself can lead to depression, which can lead to a nervous breakdown. Insomnia can be caused by simple mineral and vitamin deficiencies, or not drinking enough fluids, and of course it can be because of worry etc. Even if you are worried, eating well will help you cope better with the effects worry can have on your system, and hopefully it won’t take too long before whatever caused the problem is solved. Further to this article if you are interested in reading a book about food and how Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory, can help you cope as you get older, than click on the link colored in yellow.