The Science Behind Mood Eats Bars
Although science has not yet been able to completely explain why sometimes we feel energized and happy then occasionally down and stressed, researchers are beginning to understand that mood is likely the result of many things that affect the brain, including anatomy, genetics, and the environment. For approximately the last 50 years, it was believed that most emotional issues could be attributed to an imbalance of chemical “messengers” – namely serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. While that was a satisfactory explanation, now many different systems within the brain are being studied that may act as roadblocks to feeling your best.
One incredibly interesting discovery is the concept of inflammation and its effect on health. Just as painful swelling occurs when one gets injured, this might be happening in our brains as well. The body relies on this response to help contain damage, but it gets out of control and achieves the opposite effect – harm. A series of such events can impair brain function by crowding cells together and seriously interfering with their ability to communicate with one another. Inflammation can also generate free radicals, destructive particles capable of attaching to and wounding proteins and DNA.
It follows that over time, this havoc-wreaking on a cellular level can make us feel blue, anxious, cloudy-minded, tired and unmotivated. There’s a lot of ingredients being used up on wasted energy! There is still much work to be done and studies to be completed, but many doctors like myself are becoming aware that we can help patients help themselves by providing education about nourishing ingredients that restore some of the necessary balance that your brain needs – craves, even. To be clear…science has not reached a definite answer for anything or offer a single, simple solution – but this is a significant, thrilling hypothesis.
I started Mood Eats to deliver information about how food might support a healthy sense of well-being and offer great tasting, nutrition packed products as beneficial “tools” for your effort to take charge of how you feel. As I learn more, I’ll pass helpful material on to you, including unwrapping the bars.