The basic mistake Western medicine made for years was to treat the brain as being separate from the body. There is no mind-body dichotomy. The brain is part of the body.
If someone punches your face, your brain will be injured. You will lose your memories. NFL players are learning the hard way that physical injuries can lead to “mental” disorders like clinical depression and dementia.
If you deprive a growing child of proper nutrition, the child will have a lower IQ and perform worse than adequately-fed classmates.
Once you recognize that the brain is part of the body, an important question arises. Namely, what should you feed your brain to make yourself happy?
British researchers may have found the answer:
METHODOLOGY: Economists and public health researchers from the University of Warwick, in conjunction with Dartmouth College, used data from several randomized, cross-sectional surveys that accounted for the eating habits of about 80,000 people living in the U.K. The fruits and vegetables typically consumed by each person were compared with their life satisfaction, mental well-being, presence of mental disorders, self-reported health, happiness, nervousness, and how often they “feel low.”
They factored in as many variables as they could think of, including other the rest of their diets, alcohol, and lots of demographic, social and economic factors.
RESULTS: A “remarkably robust” pattern was found, in which “happiness and mental health rise in an approximately dose-response way with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables.” While in some cases it rounds out at the recommended five per day, well-being appears to peak at seven.
The easiest way to get seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day is to buy the best juicer you can afford and start juicing.