Have you ever heard the expression eating your feelings? Turns out, it’s legit. It’s all linked to your gut being the “second brain” of your body. Food and happiness are linked in your brain.
When you feel bad – sad, angry, overwhelmed – you reach for comfort foods. Maybe yours is ice cream or pastry or chicken-fried steak. While you’re eating your favorite “feel better” food, you’re happy, almost blissful, as your brain releases dopamine.
This is scientifically proven. The pleasure centers of your brain react to certain foods the same way it reacts to heroin.
The problem with happiness and food being linked is that the positive feelings are temporary.
When you’re done, the pleasure chemicals fade and the bad feelings return.
What’s the Common Ingredient in Comfort Foods?
There are two compounds most comfort foods have in common:
One is refined sugar that gives your body a quick pop that fades quickly. The other is fat.
Your brain wants sugar…but it craves fat.
Fat and sugar both trigger dopamine release. Sometimes, the signals get crossed and you ramp up the sugar intake when really, your brain wants you to eat more good fat.
Eating a piece of cake is delicious, it makes you happy. Your body releases dopamine and you feel even better. Within an hour, the sugar high is gone, your brain signals that you need more of the “fun stuff” so maybe you get a specialty coffee. Again, you feel good, energized. An hour later, the sugar cycle repeats.
Sugar doesn’t satisfy so you eat a lot more of it to maintain those happy vibes.
On the other side, eating a few pieces of quality cheese, some avocado salad, or even a steak also makes you happy. Those same “happy chemicals” are released because of the beneficial fats that are essential to your well-being. It takes your body a lot longer to process good fats so the satisfaction and energy lasts, unlike sugar.
It’s a slow fade rather than a fast crash with the right fats.
Dopamine, Food, and Happiness
Everything you “feel” is linked to the electrical and chemical messengers flying through your brain. Dopamine is one of those messengers. Being deficient in this particular chemical has been linked to depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
Fat has been vilified for decades. The low-fat craze even showed on the food pyramid kids learned in school. Scientists, doctors, and food manufacturers insisted that following the low-fat trend was the only thing that would keep you healthy.
Sugar is considered “bad” on the surface. You’re not supposed to eat tons of candy but carbohydrates in mass grain consumption (which your body turns into sugar) was okay. In fact, it garnered the best slot on the same food pyramid that suggested little to no fat intake.
Mass sugar consumption to the tune of 120 pounds annually per person in the United States is not vilified. The food pyramid still suggests too many grains and minimal fat.
Have these trends helped our health?
Since we removed the fat (to supposedly protect our hearts and waistlines) from our diets, we’ve seen gradually rising epidemics in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, inflammation, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Fat was removed. Sugar (and carbs) replaced it. We’re sicker for it. The happiness from food is temporary when we consume garbage snacks, fast food, sugary beverages, and too many carbs.
Why Your Brain Wants (and Needs) Fat
You don’t want your brain to go hungry. With the rising rates of Alzheimer’s estimated in the next three decades – approximately triple what they are now – you must make changes now to protect it.You don’t want your brain to go hungry. You must make changes now to prevent it. #FoodandHappinessClick To Tweet
Feed your brain with good fats. More than 60% of your brain cells and nervous system are comprised of fats and fatty acids. The cells and fibers of these critical systems are sheathed in myelin (fat). Without enough of the right kind of fats in your food, happiness is the least of your worries.
Fat deprivation leads to…
- Cognitive decline
- Higher risk of heart disease
- Weight gain
- Weaker immune system
- Less energy
- Hormones out of balance
- Poor skin, hair, and nail health
- Inability to balance blood sugar
- Erratic cholesterol levels
Every single cell in your body uses fat. Your liver makes 75% of the cholesterol you need. The rest must come from your diet. If you take in 50% of the good fats your body needs, your liver scales back production. Some essential fats (such as omega-3) your body doesn’t produce at all!
For Ultimate Health and Happiness – Food Matters
We must put fat back into our diets. Not just any fat…the ones your body uses best.We must put fat back into our diets. Not just any fat…the ones your body uses best. #FoodandHappinessClick To Tweet
Let’s talk about a fat used by the 23,000 people living on Kitava – an island in Papua New Guinea. The well-known Malinowski study didn’t find a single instance of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, dementia, stroke, or diabetes. The natives are active and viral into oldest age (eighties and nineties).
More than 30% of their diet is fat-based. Specifically, the beneficial fats found in coconuts. The Kitavans are following a way of life scientists are only now beginning to understand.
You need fat. Your body needs fat. Your brain (most importantly) needs fat.You need fat. Your body needs fat. Your brain (most importantly) needs fat. #FoodandHappinessClick To Tweet
Ketones produced by consuming coconut oil promotes better brain health and improves cognitive function by providing the brain with a high performance alternative fuel source (ketones) as opposed to carbohydrates which turn into sugar (glucose).
The Right Kind of Fat…
If you aren’t certain you’ll get what you need through diet, that’s okay. If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat a few tablespoons of coconut oil every day, there’s another option. There’s an easy way to give your body the beneficial fats it needs and give your brain a boost.
Cocology Elixir is diabetic, ketogenic, and paleo-friendly. It has zero added sugar and is the equivalent of 5 tablespoons of pure, unprocessed coconut oil (a perfect beneficial fat).
Our innovative formula lets the capric and caprylic acid dive into your bloodstream and get straight to work. A quick shot of brain boosting, DNA protecting power that tastes like vanilla crème.
Packed with powerful capric and caprylic acid, astaxanthin, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin D3, Cocology Elixir is pure brain fuel.
Don’t be afraid of fat. Get the right ones in your diet right now. Food and happiness are linked in your brain…make those bites count!