HOW TO FIGHT YOUR BAD MOOD WITH FOOD
For a moment in time, for the length of time that we are able to taste a mouthful of food, that food can make us happy.
But these euphoric states of tastiness are no accidents. They’re all due to the compounds present in the foods we eat, our body’s processes and our emotional reactions to ingredients.
Here’s how you can use what we know about the science of food to eat your way to happiness.
That gut feeling
Around 90 per cent of the happy hormone, serotonin is made in our gut, otherwise known as our ‘second brain’.
Serotonin plays a big role in sleep, memory, mood and social behaviour.
Some evidence suggests that the foods that positively influence our gut microbiota can also improve our mood if we’re already feeling quite low.
Regularly consuming probiotic-rich and fermented foods (yoghurt, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut) to boost your gut health and shift a low mood.
Our gut bacteria respond differently to the food we eat. If the food is beautiful and nutritious, the good gut bacteria will love it.
But if you’re on a diet that’s high in saturated fat and eating doughnuts, or junk food regularly, then you’re more likely to be feeding the bad bacteria in your gut. That means the number of those will increase and it’s likely you’ll end up feeling unwell. It can also lead to a number of chronic conditions that are related to depression.
Studies on mice show that probiotics can reduce our cortisol levels, keep stress at bay and make us feel happier. It may even help to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
MORE OVER THE NEXT WEEK ON FOODS THAT HELP TO BOOST OUR MOOD