In the Mood: for Mood Food
Welcome to our first instalment of 'in the mood'. This new little series of articles will cover all things mood-related, be that a mood-enhancing product (like us) or natural ways to boost that mood of yours.
We're starting with the best types of food to eat to get you feeling groovy.
Listen carefully, because I'm giving you an excuse to eat chocolate without guilt. Snacking on a smidgen of chocolate will quickly improve your mood, as the high sugar content is a quick source of fuel for the brain. Dark chocolate is the best for your brain, though, as the consumption of dark choccy triggers the release of feel-good compounds in the brain, such as theobromine N-acylethanolamine. These increase blood flow in the brain, reducing inflammation and boosting brain health.
Fermenting food is an ancient form of food preservation that results in some tasty products. From sauerkraut and kimchi to kombucha and yoghurt, fermented foods are good for your brain. The fermentation process produces live bacteria, which in turn creates probiotics. These bad boys promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut.
Happy gut = happy brain
Up to 90% of your body's serotonin is produced by the healthy bacteria found in your gut.
Serotonin = happy brain
Therefore more pickled goodness = mood boosted
BANANAS AND BERRIES
High in fibre and sugar, bananas are a great source of slow-release sugar for your diet. This means you'll feel that mood boost from getting a sugar hit, but more sustainably throughout the day without the sharp crash you'd get from eating sweets.
Berries are the GOAT when it comes to brain food. The consumption of berries is proven to lower rates of depression. If that's not a good mood food, IDK what is.
NUTS, SEEDS AND GRAINS
Oats are a great source of fibre that slow the digestion of carbohydrates, much like the humble banana leads to a sustainable energy source and a consistently good mood.
Rich in plant-based proteins and healthy fats, nuts and seeds are a great addition to your diet if you're looking for a mood boost. Nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts, and sesame seeds are an excellent source of tryptophan, which promotes serotonin production.
Get nibbling on some nuts.
You didn't think we'd leave us out, did you?
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