Moods and foods! They say you are what you eat, and boy do they mean it. Your food affects your moods and feelings. Learn all about all the feels from all the foods!
Celebrity vegan chef and cookbook author Jason Wrobel, aka J-Wro, is in his kitchen to talk about your mood. Don’t worry; it makes sense because the things you eat can, and do, affect the way you feel, think, and act in many ways. There are even foods that can elevate your mood when you need a little lift.
Depression and mood disorders are a serious problem, with almost 15 million people affected in the United States alone. Many forms of depression require professional treatment, but you can also get a positive boost by carefully selecting the right foods and nutrients to introduce into your body.
There are three primary things to focus on when it comes to stabilizing or elevating mood through physiology. First is your blood sugar. Keep it stable by eating smaller, more consistent meals throughout the day. Second is your gastrointestinal tract and digestion. Keep them running well with cultured foods, probiotics, and prebiotics. Third is your neurotransmitters. Pay attention to boosting your GABA, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin levels naturally.
Consume foods rich in B vitamins, especially B12 and B9 (folic acid). These two vitamins help prevent neurological disorders, mood disorders, and dementia. Eat more organic fresh fruits and vegetables for antioxidants and anthocyanins. These scavenge free radicals and protect brain cells from oxidative damage. Selenium rich foods like Brazil nuts also helps protect against free radicals. Foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to diminish depression. These healthy fats can be found in chlorella, spirulina, microalgae, hempseed, chia, and flax. Get your daily dose of vitamin D. You can get this from 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure or from supplements. Eat more dark chocolate. Magnesium, healthy fats, and phenylethylamine found in chocolate help regulate emotions, mood, and sleep.
Beyond food and supplements, Jason recommends a fitness regimen to increase endorphins and balance hormones. Morning meditation can help you balance your thoughts and remove negativity. Get a massage. Human touch helps release some powerful neurotransmitters that improve mood. Start a gratitude journal. Write down five things every evening that you are grateful for. Enjoy the good moods!
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