Food and Mood

I want you to think about your brain like an expensive car. In order for that car to function properly you have to use premium fuel. It may still function if you fill it up with regular unleaded gas, but it is going to have a lot of problems. Just like that expensive car, our brain requires premium fuel to function. That “fuel” comes from the foods we eat.

Our brains control everything we do, so we must fuel it with the proper nutrients. Eating high quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes and protects that brain. Remember, your brain is a Ferrari NOT a Ford (no offense to anyone who owns a Ford 😉).

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.

How the foods you eat affect how you feel

Serotonin is often called the “feel-good” transmitter because it helps regulate mood. About 95% of serotonin is produced in the gut. Are you slowly making the connection? The digestive system doesn’t just help you digest food, but your emotions as well. Foods that are high in trans fats (ex. Potato chips, pizza, fast food, etc.) are linked to decreasing serotonin levels. These foods affect our mental health by causing inflammation that could prevent the production of Omega-3 fatty acids that improve brain function and mental health.

Tryptophan is an amino acid that is important for the production of serotonin. We can’t make this in our bodies, so we must get it from our food. Including foods in our diet that are rich in this amino acid can have positive benefits on energy levels, sleep, and mood. This may be a lot of information to digest, but I am going to give you a list of foods that you can incorporate into your diet.

What can you do?

Start by paying attention to how eating different food makes you feel, not just in the moment but over the course of a few days. Try eating a clean diet for a few weeks and see how you feel. This mean eliminating all processed foods and sugar. Slowly introduce these foods back into your diet and see how you feel again.

You may notice that clean eating will have you feeling better both physically and mentally. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try.

Foods to incorporate into your diet

Tryptophan is commonly found in foods that contain protein. Although meat is a common source of protein, there are many vegetarian and vegan options!

· Salmon

· Poultry (Lean poultry such as chicken breast will usually be high in protein and low in fat)

· Eggs

· Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc.)

· Seeds

· Nuts

· Broccoli

· Mushrooms

· Bananas

· Kiwi

· Tomato

See you guys next week!

Happy Healing ✨

This post is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease

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