How Food Affects Mental Health (The Brain-Food Connection!)

How Food Affects Mental Health (The Brain-Food Connection!)


– Think about this for a
moment, when you’re eating sugar or some sort of comfort food. You feel good, right? It’s like a de-stresser, an automatic hit of the feel good emotions and then after that initial
high, you crash even harder. You feel sluggish, tired, moody. This is the powerful
connection between your gut and your brain. The brain food connection, this is one of the most important topics that I will talk about. How food effects your mental health. But before we dive in, I want to tell you about a
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Pound Takedown challenge. (lighthearted music) So if you are stressed
out or you’re really tired or you’re really sad. Whatta we do? We crave comfort food. Macaroni and cheese, Diet Coke, pizza. Look, you’re not crazy
when you crave these foods. These foods actually
trigger the pleasure sensor of your brain and they
actually make you feel good. We call them feel good foods because they do make you
feel good for a second. I mean, take Diet Coke for example. You’re talking about the
combination of aspartame and caffeine that creates an excitotoxin and right before it kills your brain cell, it actually gives you a bit of a high. The problem is you
become habituated to that and you need more and more and
more to get that same high. You’re not nuts, you’re
not just making this up. This is really taking place in your brain. You know, we often refer to
the gut as the second brain and why is that? Because we have more bacteria in our gut than we actually have human cells. It’s hard to imagine but the gut and the brain communicate
very clearly, very regularly. But if you give yourself crap,
junk, chemical processed, sugar-laden food, your gut cannot effectively
communicate with your brain, cannot get a clear message to your brain. That’s why you feel sluggish, tired, crappy, moody when you are
consuming these products because that’s what it’s
communicating with your brain. That’s what’s going on. Just the other day I had a
donut, I know, I know, I did. I had a donut and guess what? The very next day, I
woke up tired, cranky. I was depressed and I am
not a depressed person, I am always in a good mood and I didn’t wanna talk to anybody. I had a headache all day. I was sluggish, I felt heavy. It was terrible, all from a donut. It’s absolutely not worth
it but are you surprised? Are you surprised to hear that? Was I surprised? Absolutely not because the gut
really is feeding the brain. It is sending signals to the brain. It’s telling your brains what’s going on and when you give it crap,
you’re gonna feel like crap. And, listen, hey, it
feels good in the moment. I mean, you’re not crazy here, it really does taste good at that moment but literally for a moment, it feels good and then immediately you start crashing. Immediately, you come down
off that high and you tank and then what is it gonna
take to get you back up again? Another hit of sugar and
it is a vicious cycle that you don’t wanna mess around with. You wanna get off that cycle, you wanna completely detox from sugar and you wanna stay off sugar ’cause you don’t wanna go
around that mountain over and over and over again. It does your health no good. Sugar is eight times more
addictive than heroin. You have heard this and that
is not just some fantasy thing that we just throw around to impress you. That is true but the thing
about sugar is that it’s in, it’s at The Home Depot
checkout for crying out loud. You go in and get a piece of plywood and you’re just being bombarded
by sugar and candy and junk. It’s everywhere, it’s all around us. Heroin, not really. So. I would argue that it’s
harder to get off sugar, it’s harder to stay away from it. So you’re gonna have to work
really hard in your life to make sure you root it out, you keep it out of your house and you stay away from it at all costs. So when you get rid of the sugar
and you start to eat right, you start to eat real food,
you drink water, you sleep, like we teach on the Code Red lifestyle, you start to feel better, literally as early as the next morning. That’s not a joke. You start to feel better
immediately and why is that? It’s not because you’re
crazy or you’re making it up, it’s ’cause now, now your
body can function better. Now your gut can speak to your brain. Now the brain inflammation is going down, the inflammation of the gut is going down. The toxins are getting out of your body and your body can effectively communicate, can effectively function and
effectively treat you good now that you’re treating it good. Listen, I can’t stress this enough and it’s one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about helping people. You can tell by the
way I’m talking to you. You’re mental health, your happiness and your healing is really the
biggest goal in all of this and it starts with proper
nutrition, water and sleep. When you switch your mindset
and find healing inside, you’re able to show up as
the best version of you for the people around you and it leads to healthier families, healthier communities and
eventually a healthier nation. If you wanna be a part of this
movement, I wanna help you. Join the Code Red Rebel community today and click the link below. If you liked this video,
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that way you’re notified when I release a new video but we’re
talking about mental health so I wanna hear from you. Comment below and tell me, you used to go for comfort
food when you felt stressed or sad or lonely but what do you do now, now that you know the nature of the trap? What is your go to to help
you feel better instead of the comfort food
since finding Code Red? Comment below and I’ll
see you on the next video. (gentle music)