Can we really boost our mood with food? Well, there is growing research that is showing us how the quality of our food is just as important to our mental health, as it is with our physical health. It’s so cool to think that we can improve our mood, our anxieties, brain fog, etc. by consuming healthy, real food…
Nourish Your Emotions
Our gut and our emotions are like a two-way street. They each impact each other. If the bacteria in our gut microbiome isn’t balanced, our emotions will be off kilter as well. But, when we can improve the state of our gut health, through daily nutrition, it will have a huge impact on our mental wellness. Here is our story all about that!
From my own experience, I can say without a doubt, that I have a much better mood when I am mindful of the foods I’m consuming. I notice that I am less irritable, way less moody, can handle long days better, and wake up in the mornings with more energy. Speaking for my husband, he, without a doubt, has way less anxiety and depression when his eating habits are good. And, I’m going to add that he is also more even keel with less emotional ups and downs. 😉
The way to boost your mood with food is by eating the foods that are considered “brain-healthy” foods. All while eating much less of the foods that don’t serve you well (added sugars, processed foods, etc.)
Here are 5 of the Top Brain-Healthy Foods:
Leafy Greens. Leafy greens, like spinach and kale, contain many essential vitamins and minerals, but one that stands out is folate. Folate has been used as a supplement to improve depression. Leafy greens also help the liver process toxins better.
Turmeric. Turmeric has become popular over the last few years because of its great anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s been found to balance levels of inflammation throughout the entire body. Even “neuro” inflammation in the brain.
Mussels, Clams, and Oysters. (I’m going to be really honest here and say that I am missing out on the nutrition these have to offer! :P) Mussels, clams, and oysters are a powerhouse for selenium, zinc, and vitamin B12. These vitamins and minerals are important to produce neurotransmitters in the brain. And a deficiency of these can lead to depression and anxiety.
Nuts. Specifically, walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts have been shown to reduce depression and induce relaxation. They are an excellent source of vitamin E.
Fish and Fish Oil. Studies have found that consuming greater fish consumption reduces depression. It may be due to the high amount omega 3 fatty acids that is an effective supplement in treating depression. Fish that contain high amounts of omega 3s are salmon, sardines, and tuna.
You will find that as you increase your consumption of these brain foods, and lessen the consumption of processed foods, your mood will be in a lighter, happier place.
Have you found certain foods you eat have an affect on your mood? Tell us below!
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