Nutritionist Rosemary Barclay of Old Lyme, CT, shares the link between ultra-processed foods, disease, and changes in mood.
Research has proven that the timeless saying, “you are what you eat,” holds more truth than previously thought. In fact, what you eat impacts the gut biome, a community of bacteria that has been recently shown to play a significant role in the overall well-being of our health. More often than not, mental and physical health issues are closely linked to what we put in our bodies.
Rosemary Barclay, founder and owner of Bonne Santé Wellness Center in Old Lyme, CT, explains how food choices can positively and negatively impact our moods.
Consuming processed foods often leads to blood sugar fluctuations and nutritional deficiencies such as vital vitamins and minerals . Recent research shows that diet affects gut microbiota, brain wiring and function and oxidative stress leading to cellular damage . Studies have also shown that diets high in natural unprocessed foods can help prevent depression and obesity. Fruits, vegetables, protein, and good fats are essential to a well-functioning body. On the other hand, Rosemary Barclay explains that poor diets that consist mostly of processed foods and saturated fats can contribute to the risk of depression and illness. A recent study even shows a relationship between manic episodes and the consumption of meats cured with nitrates, like hot dogs and salami.
Processed foods are presented to us in the form of fast food, chicken nuggets, snack foods, and instant meals. Rosemary Barclay notes that the relatively new research on gut health shows links between ultra-processed foods and poor mood. When we interfere with the delicate balance of bacteria in our gut, disease becomes prevalent.
When ailments arise, people often turn to pharmaceuticals instead of looking at their diet. Medication for anxiety, depression, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and mood swings can often cause additional side effects that negatively impact the body even further. Rosemary Barclay of Old Lyme, CT, recommends seeking the help of a nutritionist first. Making a lifestyle change can be difficult for some; however, it may be possible to cure ailments naturally.
About Rosemary Barclay of Old Lyme
Rosemary Barclay believes that nutrition is fundamental to good health, and affects many facets of well-being, including the skin, energy, immunity, mood, and performance. The Bonne Santé Wellness Center in Old Lyme, CT, offers solutions to problematic skin without the use of antibiotics or harsh chemicals.
She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in biochemistry in addition to becoming a board-certified nutrition specialist, certified esthetician, and acne specialist. Rosemary Barclay lives with her family in Old Lyme, CT.