The “self-improvement” book category makes millions of dollars a year. Why? Because we all want to be the best person that we can be. Often they talk about creating new habits, improving how you think, and how you treat others, including your colleagues, kids, and spouse. However, they neglect to share that the food you consume can actually affect the relationships you have.
In my practice, my patient’s personal images and mental framework are impacted by their food choices. When you consume a low-fat diet, it compromises your ability to create the proper fatty acids needed for emotional and behavioral health. Those whom I treat that have depression, ADHD, bipolar and anxiety disorders generally consume a diet primarily consisting of processed grains, sugar, and fast food. If you want to create long-lasting relationships with your spouse, colleagues, or children, it would be wise to assess your dietary habits. If you notice your emotions constantly are in flux, and you’re more distraught than cheerful it might be time to make changes—for the better!
Another body part that affects your relationships and the foods you consume is your thyroid. When you consume soy-based products, your thyroid gland does not function optimally. In my practice, I have seen many patients who have marital/relationship problems bring me their diet journal and after we review, those with plant-based soy diets tend to have higher thyroid concerns than those who do not.
So, how can you improve your relationships? Consume green-based food that supports your body’s ability to create a variety of building blocks used for optimal brain function and pain relief. Green foods (spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, etc.) are your body’s precursors needed to supply minerals like calcium and magnesium for brain and structural function. They will also help your nervous system operate in a calm, consistent manner.
My #OptimalU Challenge for You this Month:
- Write down what you eat every day (especially if your relationships are topsy-turvy at the moment).
- If you see a lot of grains and sugars, begin to replace them with green vegetables.
- Do something for someone else daily, without asking anything in return.
#OptimalU February Live Event:
Join Dr. Bob as he continues his Live Q & A series for #OptimalU.
This month he will be discussing and taking your questions on relationships and heart health...
Date: February 26th, 9-9:30 EST