Psychoactive Effects of Food
“Comfort food”, “emotional eating”, “reward snacks”, these are all terms that have been around for a good twenty years now, but up until recently they were not fully understood like they are today. The brain functions by way of electro-chemical pulses, meaning electricity is made up of chemical compounds in the brain.
This begs the question, where do these chemical compounds come from? The food you eat is digested in the stomach, metabolized in the intestines and then the nutrients and chemicals in that food are carried through the blood stream to every end of every extremity in the body.
In a way, you really are what you eat, not like you’re a cylindrical pastry if you eat a doughnut but you may feel like a languid piece of deep fried dough afterward. Ohio state professor Dr. Wenk, psychologist, neurologist, immunologist, and molecular virologist, talks a lot about the different chemicals the brain needs to function properly.
Now days everyone lives off of fast food, this is great and convenient and saves tons of time and all that rubbish, but it is robbing you of the nutrients your brain needs. Simply eating right will create a feeling of wellbeing that cannot be emulated by anything else.
Most people are chocolate eaters, and so it is safe to assume that you are probably eating some right now. Of course you are getting a pleasurable amount of satisfaction from it, but the side effects that will come later may not be as enjoyable.
Studies show that chocolate can also trigger rage and paranoia, usually when it is when it is taken away after a small dependency is made. Dr. Wenk’s studies explore chocolate extensively.
Other foods that have a big effect on the brain are sugar, coffee, turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tea, and cayenne pepper. All of these are composed of different chemicals that provide numerous benefits to the brain.
Coffee is controversial, many people say that it is going to inhibit the brain in the long run, and others say the short boost of energy and clarity outweighs the long term detriment. You will have to decide that for yourself.
The fact of the matter is food plays a huge role on your mental and emotional state of being. You will probably notice your thoughts start to change when you get very hungry, that could manifest by a lack of nutrients in the brain.
So think about what you are eating and whether it is providing good wholesome nutrients, or whether it is providing a bunch of empty calories. You have to have the nutrients with the food is you want to be a good thinker.