What You Eat Affects Your Brain, and What You Say

January 4, 2017

If you put garbage in your mouth, it ultimately can create garbage—in the form of your words—coming out of your mouth, according to an article on the Harvard Health Blog.

And as sales pros, that can be dangerous.

Dr. Eva Selhub says that our brain requires a steady flow of fuel, which comes from the food we eat. And what’s in that fuel affects the structure of our brain, how it functions, and ultimately, our mood. Which in turn drives our words and actions.

Like an expensive car, Dr. Selhub says, our brain operates best when premium fuel is used. And junk fuel causes it to backfire. She says,

Unfortunately, just like an expensive car, your brain can be damaged if you ingest anything other than premium fuel. If substances from “low-premium” fuel (such as what you get from processed or refined foods) get to the brain, it has little ability to get rid of them. Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain. In addition to worsening your body’s regulation of insulin, they also promote inflammation and oxidative stress. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.

The article goes on to explain to science of how what we eat DOES directly affect how we feel and act. I suggest you read the article.

And, here’s a site where you can take a brief, free online Mood Assessment Quiz to find out which of your “mood engines” might be running on empty, causing you to feel blah, unmotivated, depressed, or overwhelmed, and what you can do to fix it.

We know that eating poorly hurts us physically. Science now shows it hurts the way we think and act as well. As sales pros, we can’t afford to have anything less than our “A” game.  What is going in your mouth?

Art Sobczak

About the Author

Art Sobczak

For over 33 years Art has helped sales pros worldwide with the what-to-say messaging, and inspiration to succeed in sales. Now he is adding the third essential side of the Sales Professional Success Triangle to the mix: health. Sign up to get his regular health posts here, and his sales tips at http://SmartCalling.com.

Follow Art Sobczak:

Leave a Comment: