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How to Use Nutrition To Empower Yourself

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The traditional education system never really taught us how food affects our moods, self-esteem, productivity, or energy.

You realize just how important it is to eat correctly as you get older. Whether it be gaining weight or battling a sudden illness – our diets ultimately affect our future more than we want to accept.

For most of my life, definitely in my early 20s, I never even considered how I felt because of what I ate 20 minutes ago.

It was almost like I was a robot totally disconnected from the fact that what I eat actually manifested into my body.

And to be honest, most of us are like this until we get older, and it becomes our responsibility to care for the assurance of our well-being.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a rise in health consciousness – whether it be through vegan Netflix documentaries or outspoken celebrities describing the benefits of a high veggie and fruit in-take diet.

People are waking up to the fact that the traditional American diet is outright killing us all for a profit. Making us tired (aka what we call the “itis”), slowing our brain cognition, and even more susceptible to diseases.

As I began to wake up, I realized, “why on earth would I want food to make me tired?!” So I started thinking to myself, “anything that you should eat should give me energy, vitality, and stamina so you can conquer your day.”

I’ve been personally amazed to see the number of documentaries that have flooded the internet that prove how simple changes in your diet can help prevent illnesses, reverse diseases, and maintain optimal health… naturally.

Some of these documentaries include Food Matters and Fuel Your Health, both on Gaia’s streaming platform.

Remember the notorious 2004 “Super Size Me” documentary? Well, these documentaries take it to another level in terms of health.

The Greek physician Hippocrates said, “let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Seems like a good idea to me.

Scientists confirm that our gut, which is all of our organs involved in digesting food, is considered a second brain. This basically means not only does your brain communicate to your stomach, but so does your stomach. What you eat sends chemical messages to your brain, influencing how you feel psychologically.

Mental Health America says, “there is a strong relationship between having mental health problems and having gastrointestinal symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, bloating, pain, constipation, and/or diarrhea.”

So, if you are feeling anxious, stuck in a rut, unhappy, or angry – have you checked your diet lately?

Mental Health America recommends eating a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and fish. And avoid foods that are high in sugar, fried, processed foods, and soft drinks.

This was when I began to look at my diet as a form of empowerment to live a full life in my career, relationships, productivity, happiness, and overall life satisfaction.

Now I don’t see eating as an unconscious act in order to just survive. Instead, I see it now as a tool to thrive – to think clearer, feel better, and accomplish more in my life.

In reality, that’s precisely what it should be; however, it’s not presented to many of us in this way.

Corporations make billions of dollars off of our sugar cravings. Once they get us, they market and feed us more to make us keep coming back to quench a desire that can’t be satisfied.

In an article written on Mother Jones, it’s estimated that “sugar-re