Food and water are the body’s fuel, to keep going and working correctly; we all know what we should eat and when we should eat, but sometimes (or a lot if the time) we don’t do what we know we should do. Like a car if you don’t fill it up with the right fuel, oil, and water, eventually parts will slowly stop working or work intermittently till the car eventually stops working altogether.
Nearly 30% of the UK population skips breakfast, meaning the body is not given fuel to even get up and go in the morning. Studies show that those who skip meals throughout the day will reach for processed high sugar snacks later in the day – this is because the body is craving fuel and the quickest fuel to process is sugar. The problem with eating processed high sugar foods is they are great to give a quick energy hit, but the energy level drops off as quick as it rises, causing very rapid highs and lows. This can also effect people’s moods and productivity as these are both affected by energy levels; at the height of the hit people can be too energised to concentrate properly and during the lows they do not have enough energy to function and think clearly (and can be come very irritable!).
Ensuring you eat a balanced diet is the best way to make sure your body is fuelled with the everything it needs to function to the best of its ability.
For more information on how different food can affect people’s moods follow this link to the charity Mind UK website: