How To Eat Yourself Happy13 Feb, 20231-2 minutes
They say ‘you are what you eat’ for a reason and the nutrients in the food we eat has the power to affect your mood.
If your mood is regularly off balance, your energy levels are low or you’re generally feeling unwell, a change in diet could be what you need to trigger a positive physiological response.
Fueling your body with the right food can improve your mood, give you more energy, help you to think clearer and generally improve your overall wellbeing. Overall this will help you to feel much happier.
In our latest blog, we take a look at 4 key areas which you must pay attention to and the foods which will supercharge your diet.
Choose brain food
Did you know? The brain is an energy intensive organ which uses between 20 - 30% of the fuel from our foods. Eating the right food can help to build and repair brain cells, reduce cellular stress and inflammation.
To feed your brain, choose:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Black beans
- Rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids e.g salmon, trout, herring and sardines
- Plenty of water
Watch out for the gluten
When you’re consuming gluten, look out for any negative effects on your body. Gluten isn't inherently bad for most people but it can affect the neurological system in extreme cases.
Celiacs and people who are gluten sensitive have reported symptoms which include headaches, brain fog and peripheral neuropathy. Neurological illnesses such as epilepsy, depression and anxiety also are common in those who react to gluten.
Understand your gut
If your mood is low or regularly unbalanced, pay attention to your gut health. It’s thought that 70-80% of our immune system is located in our gut
Numerous studies have found links between gut health and the immune system, mood, autoimmune diseases, mental health, endocrine disorders, skin conditions and cancer.
There are also approximately 40 trillion bacteria in your body, most of which are found in your gut. Collectively, they are known as your gut microbiome and they’re incredibly important for overall health.
To improve gut health, choose:
- Green vegetables
- Olive Oil
Eat mood foods
If you’re tired or your mood is low, it can be tempting to turn to sugar filled and high calorie snacks for a little boost.
However, these often have little nutritional benefit and they are linked to higher blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain and diabetes; try to pick foods which are a good source of fibre, high in vitamin B6 or packed with antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids.
For good mood food, choose:
- Dark chocolate
- Fermented foods e.g kimchi, yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and lentils
As well as paying attention to these four areas, we’ve compiled 8 fast hacks of other areas which can make a big impact on your health and wellbeing:
- Try to reduce or limit your caffeine consumption. Caffeine will give you a quick burst of energy but it could leave you feeling anxious or depressed.
- Stay hydrated and aid digestion by drinking between 6–8 glasses of water a day.
- Eat regularly to avoid your blood sugar dropping - if your blood sugar drops, you could end up feeling tired, irritable and depressed.
- Chew your food thoroughly to improve the digestive process.
- Try to reduce your alcohol consumption. Overdoing it on the booze could result in constipation, diarrhoea and bloating.
- Eat a high fibre diet to keep food moving through your digestive tract - it will help you avoid being constipated. Think whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes!
- Spicy food can cause heartburn, stomach pain and diarrhoea. If spicy food upsets your stomach, try to avoid it completely.
- Increase your protein intake to trigger your satiety hormones. If you’re trying to lose weight, adding protein to your meals will help you to feel fuller for longer, making you less likely to overeat.
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