The term you are what you do or say is broad and bears a lot of meanings; thus it suffices also to say that you are what you eat.
Food is life. As Hippocrates put it, “Let the food you eat be your medicine and your medicine be your food”. Our bodies need a balanced supply of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals to stay healthy and function. All the food we eat is packed with life sustaining energy that we extract when we eat.
The notion that the different foods we eat hold the keys to our health and wellbeing dates back thousands of years. It was back then when people start studying how different foods affect us, our health, physical development, and personalities (moods and temperaments).
Modern studies on the same subject have found that foods influence a significant part of who we are, physically and mentally. We have come to believe that there is something about food that speaks each one of us in a different way. Some of us will prefer eating some types of foods that will help them stay thin because they have an issue with their body size, others eat because they want to drown their stress and sorrows. The idea of power lunches is not uncommon, while aphrodisiacs have become a source of motivation to boost our sexual appetites.
We eat to better our bodily functions and boost your immunity. However, the same food that we cannot do without can deal a heavy blow on the various aspects that we consider as positives. If we eat too much food, our bodies get the wrong signals, thus switching to the negatives such as rapid body weight gain. This increases the risk of certain diseases.
On the other hand, if we do not eat enough, we risk becoming undernourished, which causes our body to lose weight rapidly. This in turn also increases the risk of diseases. Let us look at some of the ways that our diets affect the way we look physically and mentally.
Physical Impacts of Eating
What we eat greatly affects our physical appears from our skin to our hair, health and body weight. Food provides nourishment to our body cells making the body perform various functions. In a more advanced explanation, “Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the development and maintenance of the body and its functions.” Therefore, what we choose to eat determines the quality and state of our body, mind, and spirit.
Internally, our hearts, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, are all strongly linked to our diets. Health experts place a lot of concern about physical health, touching on issues such as cancer, heart diseases, cardiovascular problems, and body weight issues that have raised awareness and concerns about the nutritional value of the foods we eat. The fact is that all foods have independent and collective benefits, so there are some foods that we still need to eat more and others that we need to eat less.
Our body organs respond to our eating patterns. For instance, studies have shown that the choices of food we eat are interconnected with how we feel. A great part of how we feel is controlled by hormones, which are generated and released by different body organs based on your nutritional intake.
Why is it that women get a higher feeling of joy or even a higher sex mood when they eat chocolate? This is just one of the many foods that have been found to have a direct impact on the production of certain hormones. Testosterone, dopamine, serotonin, insulin, dopamine, estrogen, and cortisol are all important hormones that affect our moods. How we feel, our moods are often used to tell how we will respond physically to various aspect of life such as work and socialization.
Mental Impacts of Eating
Ever found yourself eating when you are busy working, especially on something that requires a lot of thinking? Some people register a spike in mental functions when they consume caffeine (tea or coffee), others when they take certain animal parts, herbs, spices, or nicotine. All these are examples of the impacts that foods have on our minds. The food can have a fast or slow effect on our minds.
Those that have a fast effect tend to be in small volumes. Things such as alcohol, marijuana, sugar, chocolate, heroin, and nicotine tend to take an immediate effect and a certain degree based on how much we consume and the much that reaches the brain. Most of these foods we tend to consume in high doses and with acute dosing.
The other foods that have a slow effect tend to be in large volumes. The foods affect our brains slowly over a period of time, probably hours or days. Often these foods are the conventional diets we eat on a daily basis that will supply the body with carbohydrates, amino acids, and vitamins that trigger certain responses in the brain.
Therefore, what you eat via your diet will have a direct impact on your mental capacities and function. Eat a balanced diet and you will nourish your mind and body.