Eat Right, Think Bright: Your Stomach Controls Your Brain
Imagine your gut and your brain talking to each other like best friends. Sounds strange, right? But it’s true. What you eat doesn’t just fill your stomach; it also affects your mood and even how well you think.
Tiny living things, called microbes, live in our stomach and help with digestion. But their role doesn’t stop there. They are in constant contact with our brain through something called the gut-brain axis.
This two-way road lets them send messages back and forth. So, if the gut is unhappy due to bad food, it can make the brain unhappy too, affecting your mood and even your ability to think clearly.
Bad food can mess with the balance of these gut microbes. Processed foods and those high in sugar cause inflammation, making you feel down and anxious.
Ever noticed that eating ice cream or chips when you’re sad gives a quick mood lift, but the feeling doesn’t last? That’s your brain responding to quick bursts of dopamine, which is like a feel-good button. But it’s temporary and not healthy in the long run.
What should we eat then? Fresh fruits and vegetables are good starters. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish can help your brain work better.
For energy, focus on complex carbs like brown rice and starchy vegetables. Protein from lean meat, fish, eggs, and nuts also helps keep your brain sharp.
These foods can keep the balance of microbes in your stomach in check, which in turn keeps your brain happy and healthy.
Good food choices can keep both your stomach and your brain in a good mood. So the next time you feel like eating something, remember you’re feeding not just your stomach but your brain too.