Foods That Boost Your Mental Wellness…

Want to boost your mood with food?

Your gut and your emotions are a two-way street. They impact each other. When you address the state of your gut health, not just the food you eat but your daily nutrition, it has a huge impact on your mental wellness. That’s right eating the right foods can increase your mental wellness and help you become healthier and happier.  The diet includes foods filled with fiber, healthy fats and brightly colored foods!

Try these TOP 10 Brain Healthy Foods

 

  • Leafy Greens. Leafy greens like kale and spinach contain folate, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K. Folate has been used as a supplement to improve depression. Leafy greens also contain compounds that help the liver process toxins better.
  • Turmeric. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound that has been found to balance levels of inflammation throughout the entire body— including imbalances in the immune system, vascular system, gastrointestinal system, and even “neuroinflammation” in the brain.
  • Mussels, Clams, and Oysters.Oysters and shellfish have high amounts of vitamins and minerals including selenium, zinc, and Vitamin B12. These are important for the production of neurotransmitters in the brain; a deficiency of which can lead to depression and anxiety.
  • Fish and Fish Oil.Studies have found that greater fish consumption reduces depression. This may be in part due to the fact that fish, particularly fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and tuna, are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, an effective supplement in treatment for depression.
  • Nuts(Walnuts, Almonds, and Hazelnuts). These are a good source of vitamin E and lignans, which have been shown to reduce depression and induce relaxation.
  • Berries, Grapes and Apples. These are all rich in flavonoids that have been found to protect the brain and promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Diets high in flavonoids have been shown to protect against anxiety, depression, dementia, and a wide range of inflammatory conditions.
  • Lentils, Chickpeas and Beans.Legumes, like lentils, chickpeas, and beans (especially black beans), contain high levels of fiber, protein, folate, and zinc, each of which has been shown to combat depression.
  • Dark Chocolate, Raw Cacao Powder.Dark chocolate and raw cacao (powder from unroasted cocoa beans) contain theobromine and polyphenols, natural compounds that have been found to improve calmness, focus, and contentedness.
  • Pumpkin Seeds. A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains almost half the daily recommended dose for magnesium, an essential mineral to protect you from depression and anxiety.
  • Fermented Foods and Probiotics. Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut contain probiotics and have been found to reduce inflammation, improve neurotransmitter balance, and short-circuit stress, anxiety, and depression.

During Mental Health Month, our very own Chief Science Officer, Dr. Shawn Talbott, joined KUTV CBS 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss mood-boosting foods! Check out the video clip!!!

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"When action meets compassion lives change" Amanda and Kylie, sisters... one a registered nurse and the other a teacher. Both moms on a mission to not only change their life but the lives of others through health, wellness, spiritual direction, teaching, encouraging, inspiring and financial freedom. Even as a busy moms working on our own goals & teaching our kiddos along the way, we are inspired to help others grow healthier families.

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