We are all aware of the connection between eating healthy, whole foods and the benefits to our physical health, but did you know that what we eat impacts our mental health as well?
Your digestive tract is connected to your brain by chemicals called neurotransmitters. Many of these neurotransmitters are produced by the cells in your gut and trillions of microbes. A prime example of a neurotransmitter produced in your gut is serotonin aka "the happy hormone." This is responsible for stabilizing our mood and giving us feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
Eating healthy and whole foods promotes the growth of good bacteria, which promotes the production of these neurotransmitters. Junk food, on the other hand, may taste delicious, but can cause inflammation, which impedes the production of these chemicals.
When neurotransmitter production is improved, they can communicate better with the brain. This positive change is then reflected in your emotions!
Here are some mood-boosting foods to incorporate into your diet for a healthy happy brain:
Studies show that Omega-3 fats can increase good bacteria in the gut and improve your mental health. Commonly found in oily fish, vegan-friendly source of Omega-3 fats can also be found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, and our Almond Mylk.
Food High in Fiber
Increasing your intake of fibrous foods like nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which all contain probiotics, is shown to reduce stress hormones.
Glory's Ready-to-Blend Smoothies are packed with fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and chia seeds, all in a convenient package.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, and Glory's Gut Shot are packed with probiotics. These live bacteria are excellent for your digestive tract.
Polyphenols are micronutrients that are packed with antioxidants. They can be found green tea, berries, and our Cacao Mylk. They're even found in red wine… yes, red wine!
Pay attention to how eating different foods makes you feel. Follow a "clean diet" of organic, whole foods over processed foods and you can feel better both physically and emotionally!
Looking to get peace of mind about your diet and help your body benefit from a mix of juices tailored specifically to you?
Our in-house Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) will discuss your personal needs and goals and create a nutrition plan tailored specifically to you.
Karina is a certified holistic nutritionist, chef and manager of our Yaletown location.