Food and Behavior
In Chiropractic and Applied Kinesiology philosophy we have go by a triad of health. This triad of health consists of 3 factors of health.
If one is side of this triad is imbalanced it can effect the others. Here we are looking at the example of how the biochemical effects the emotional. And we will be looking at in particular how food effects the emotions.
Contrary to popular beliefs and propaganda, grains are not health foods.
Wheat is one of the worst. There are chemicals in wheat that are not good for us:
- Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA)
- Phytic Acid
There is a major disease called Celiac disease where the negative effects of wheat are very noticeable. Not everyone has Celiac but and there are many other reasons for the general public not to eat wheat. This includes:
- Depressed immune system
- Nervous system problems
- Digestive imbalances
- Endocrine systems imbalances
- Heart and blood vessel problems
Not to mention that it is a dense carbohydrate. Eating a diet dense in carbohydrates causes stress to you bold sugar and digestion which again can lead back to all of the above.
But the thing that I want to focus on here is the emotional problems that eating wheat can cause.
Yes, you can develop emotional problems from eating certain foods.
This goes back to the Triad of Health that we talked about before. If you stress the biochemical side of the triad enough (Wheat Germ Agglutinin, Gluten, Phytic Acid, Carbohydrates) you can cause an emotional imbalance (and/or structural too). The types of emotional problems that we are talking about are:
- Mood Swings
Have you heard of Serotonin?
Do you know where serotonin is made? It’s mostly made in the digestive tract. They actually call the gut your “second brain”. Wheat causes problems to the digestive tract. This in turn effects serotonin levels in the body. So as you can see if you eat foods to cause digestive problems, you can easily cause emotional problems too.
Here is another example of how the biochemistry effects the emotions. Wheat also effects the endocrine system. Wheat is a dense carbohydrate. Carbohydrates and sugars can stress the endocrine system. Your endocrine system balances your blood sugar and if your blood sugar becomes unstable, so does you emotions.
- If you blood sugar crashes down you can become depressed
- If your blood sugar spikes up high you can have anxiety
- If it bounces up and down you have mood swings or can even seem bipolar
Food and Behavior
Barbara Stitt was on a parole board in Ohio and she found out about the link between the food you eat and your emotions. Mrs. Stitt started to have all of her parolees eat a diet with out wheat, dairy and sugar and she was amazed that over 80% of her parolees stopped committing crimes as long as they stuck to her diet. This about this. What would be the Implications if we changed the present USDA dietary guidelines so that our diets are not supposed to be mostly grains? Society might be a much safer and happier place. She wrote a book called Food and Behavior that I highly recommend reading.
What can you do to avoid wheat?
Read labels. Many sauces do have wheat in them. Also avoid eating pasta, bread, cake, cookies, pastries and similar foods. You can eat many foods without the wheat:
- Hamburger without the bun. Put it on a bed of salad greens instead.
- Have veggies with you meats instead of pasta. Sauteed bell peppers, onions, zucchini, greens beans and other vegetables make great substitutes to pasta.
- Go for a salad with protein on top instead of a sandwich. Beef salad, salmon salad, grilled chicken on a salad are some great alternatives.
Now you can see why it is so important to eat right. Not just for weight loss, or to prevent diabetes or cancer. But eating right can also help with emotional issues and happiness in life.
To see more about the eating right diet click here.
To see Dr. Mercola’s article “3 Ounces of This a Day May Be Harming Your Brain” click here.
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