It’s no surprise that what we eat has a direct affect on our bodies, after all we all know the old saying “you are what you eat!” However, what many of us don’t realize is that what we eat actually affects our mental health as well. Researchers have recently been studying the gut-brain connection, and found that 95 percent of the serotonin our bodies use on a daily basis is produced by the gut. Eating natural, whole foods helps our brains to better deal with natural stress reactions by eliminating damaging free radicals.
The brain and gut are directly connected, and eating an unhealthy diet full of fat and sugar will not only inflame the gastrointestinal tract, but the brain as well. Symptoms of brain inflammation can include mood swings and irritability, along with my severe issues like prolonged anxiety and depression. These symptoms can get even worse with digestive issues caused by poor diet, such as irritable bowel syndrome or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
In order to help your brain function optimally and reduce stress and anxiety, there are specific nutrients you can focus on eating every day. Take a look at the guide from Snap Kitchen below for 13 mood-boosting foods along with recommendations for when to eat them: