Why am I interested in food/nutrition as a psychotherapist? There are several reasons.
We readily accept that food affects our physical health. For example, we know which foods to cut out if we suffer from high cholesterol. And it is common knowledge that food high in salt is bad for high blood pressure. Allergies to gluten and dairy are also common to us.
But we rarely ever talk about food having an affect on our mental health!
But it is a fact that food affects not only the physical well being but also plays a greater role in our emotional health than most people realize.
For example, it has been shown that there are definite links between diet, depression, autism and even Schizophrenia.
– Very important processes in the brain depend on the right nutrients, vitamins and fatty acids to be present for them to do their job i.e., the production of serotonin.
– Processed foods contain chemicals that also affect our brain and the way it functions.
Thus, “What do you eat?” is just as important a question as “How do you feel?”
Here are some interesting links: