The Brain / Food Connection

I read a lot on food and nutrition.  It absolutely fascinates me.  I could easily read for hours and hours on the topic every day if only there were more hours in the day.  Since Celiac disease has become a part of our lives I have become increasingly aware of the effect that food has on mental health as well as physical health.  I hope that one day I will get up the nerve to tell our story publicly.  I think that most bloggers, whether intentionally or not, tend to portray their lives as maybe a bit more rosy than they really are.  Maybe it is human nature to want to hide the flaws but I think it is a rare and wonderful thing to come across someone who lays it all out there for all to see and learn from.  This blogger did just that.  I was in awe of her honesty.  She has an amazing story to tell about recovery from bipolar disorder.  I applaud her bravery. 

Earlier in the week came this article from BBC news.  Depression is linked to processed food.   Antidepressants are among the top 3 most prescribed drug classes (along with analgesics and antihyperlipidemics) and we are eating more processed food than ever.  It isn’t really a surprising link is it?  This is one area I can speak from personal experience.  Food does have an enormous impact on mood.

Just today, like icing on a cake, I find this article.  It’s called “Gut Microbes Influence Behavior”.   The first line reads: Mice lacking normal gut bacteria show differences in brain development and behavior.  It’s a fascinating read. 

Did you happen to read the timeline for the movements of the Tuscon shooter in the hours that led up to the shooting?  He made repeated stops to convenience stores.  What do you think he was buying?  I think we could probably guess.