In the era of everything online, we witness the escalating anger rhetoric every day, in social media and otherwise. It may be attributed to stress due to work-life imbalance, the uncertainty of a pandemic, or personal experiences and challenges. But can there be a role of what is on your plate to alter our communication styles, making us more irritable and angrier?
We found the evidence for you.
The authors of The Better Brain highlighted the connection between nutrition and mental health. It is critical to note that people experience emotional dysregulation and brain hunger, affecting cognitive abilities.
Junk food on our plate is making significant changes in the stipulation of macronutrients in our bodies. The vital proteins, fats and carbohydrates are not necessarily found in ultra-processed food. And with the increasing consumption of soft drinks, packaged snacks, pizza and burgers, the caloric intake is sharply declining.
Moreover, people have acknowledged well that dietary intake is crucial in maintaining physical health due to its underlying associations with obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Not many people are aware of the impact of dietary intake and nutrition on the mental health of individuals.
The food choices in urban regions have been altering rapidly. The inclination towards fast food delivery joints shows the consumption patterns of ultra-processed food. Given this scenario, the scientific evidence supports that micronutrients are associated with our brain health, which influences mental states, more specifically irritation, rage, and instability in people's moods.
Science has shown us that people who eat a healthy diet show more minor signs of anxiety and depression than people who prefer a primarily ultra-processed diet. A randomised controlled trials study found that people who changed their whole food diets showed a remittance in depression post 12 weeks.
Mediterranean diet, for example, is mainly full of whole grains, legumes, seafood, vegetables, and unsaturated fats. A study found significant improvements in people with depression after transitioning to a whole foods diet in the Mediterranean style. Along similar lines, abundant independent studies have shown that unstable mood and irritability can often exemplify depression.
There is, of course, no magic bullet to mental and physical health. This requires the transition to a healthy diet to support the mechanism of our brain. To ensure a balanced production of serotonin and dopamine, our brain requires micronutrients, resulting in improved mood regulation, reduced rage, and less irritability. Modern diet patterns are threatening the poise of a healthy diet. And in tackling the issues of mental health, a healthy diet remains overlooked.
Simply said: a well-nourished person is better able in dealing with stress.