We all know how eating certain foods puts us in a good mood when we are eating – that’s why soul food is the best food! But did you know that what you put into your stomach affects the way your brain operates? And that the way you think has a direct effect on how well your stomach can process your food?
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Let’s do an experiment: imagine drinking a cup of lemon tea right now. Is your mouth watering? Now, think about chewing a piece of ginger. Can you feel your taste buds waking up? Can you feel how your body responds to a thought?
Basically, your thoughts create certain physical reactions, and these do not just stop with that saliva that your mouth is creating now, with only the mere suggestion of certain foods.
And it works both ways!
Here is another question: have you ever had a stomach-ache or upset, because of some stress you were experiencing? Or had a thought that felt like you were ‘feeling it in your gut’? This is due to the fact that the brain and the gastrointestinal system are linked to one another. The brain influences the stomach and intestines, and the intestines send signals to the brain. This is why a distressed stomach can be caused by OR be the consequence of mental discomfort like anxiety or depression.