“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” Buddha
As humans, our digestive tract is probably the most underappreciated system of our body. The way we treat this system has a major affect on our overall health and wellbeing: what we eat truly affects our mood.
Without getting into too much detail, our brain is directly connected to our digestive tract and vice versa. Our brain and stomach literally communicate with one another, which means the food we put into our stomach stimulates brain activity and hormone release. If you fill your body with carbonated drinks, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners/colours and processed foods your digestive system won’t be happy, which means your brain won’t be happy and, overall, YOU will not be happy!!
FOOD & DEPRESSION:
Many factors contribute to the development of depression: these can be biological, psychological, environmental etc. However, nutritional imbalances can also increase the risk of developing depression.
The neurotransmitter serotonin plays a huge part here. In essence, serotonin is a mood regulator and there is a wealth of research that suggests an imbalance in serotonin levels may influence mood. Taking this into consideration, it is no surprise that serotonin is released by both the brain and the gut. In fact, many studies show that the most concentrated serotonin levels are actually released in our gut.
So, what we eat affects our serotonin levels and thus affects our mood.
INCREASE SEROTONIN WITH FOOD:
When our serotonin levels are low, we often become depressed, lose focus and have trouble sleeping. I truly believe that food plays a huge role in solving these issues!
The following list of food contains high levels of an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is what our body uses to make serotonin!
If you are feeling a bit low or have a troubled sleep cycle, try incorporating these foods into your diet:
* Kidney beans
You may also want to try avoiding caffeine as it prevents the body from creating serotonin.
In conclusion, when we fuel our bodies with whole foods and organic fruits and veggies our gut flora (gut microorganisms) THRIVES!!! And so do we!
When you eat good, you feel good and you live good! 🙂
Thank you for reading! I hope you found this information useful. Feel free to leave any questions below and I will be sure to get back to you!
Jez Kaur xxx