By Sam Makhoul
Science in the last few years has discovered that your mind is your thinking brain and your gut is your feeling brain. And we all know that your feelings are much more powerful than your thoughts.
Try thinking your way out of anger or fear or anxiety? Difficult right?
Researchers have also discovered that people are getting more serious and angrier than at any time in history. The research further shows that people are quicker to get angry.
That’s not surprising because we are doing everything faster than ever before, so why not anger? The big question is, ‘what is causing all this anger?’
One answer is the pace of life. But the other answer is the food you eat.
More specifically the impact food has on your ‘feeling’ gut-brain. The following is a list of foods known to make you angry because they cause an inflammatory response in your gut and this, in turn, inflames your emotions and makes you, well… an angry person!
Foods To Be Avoided By Everyone:
- Oil: Foods fried in industrial vegetable oil.
- Sugar: Stuff like soft drinks, fruit juices, pastries, cookies, cakes etc.
- Flour: Refined starchy foods – pasta, pizza and white bread.
- Anything artificial: colouring, flavouring, preservatives, nitrates and MSG.
Foods To Be Avoided By Some:
- If you are sensitive to caffeine – Coffee, black and green tea.
- If you are sensitive to alcohol – beer, wine, spirits.
- If you are sensitive to dairy – milk, cheese, yogurt.
- If you are sensitive to certain psychoactive stimulants – chocolate.
- If you are sensitive to gluten – most grains especially wheat.
- If you are sensitive to lectins – most beans, lentils, soy, corn, cashews and peanuts.
- If you are sensitive to the nightshade family – tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and Goji berries.
- If you are sensitive to certain foods that cause a histamine response – such as eggs, kombucha, fermented foods and avocado.
What To Do:
The first list of foods is easy to identify and avoid. The more sinister list is the second one because unless you know your sensitivity you will never know what is affecting your gut and therefore your emotions.
And you will never be in control of your life and your performance at work. How do you discover your sensitivity?
Two ways. One way is by having a sense of awareness and journaling how you feel after you eat certain foods in isolation.
The second and quickest way is to get your gut bacteria (known as the ‘microbiome’) tested. Alessandra Edwards is one of Australia’s leading practitioners in the area of genetic-based human performance.
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