Can you eat your way to happiness? How food affects your mood!

Can you eat your way to happiness? How food affects your mood!

They say you are what you eat. So can you eat your way to happiness?

It may well be possible. The links between food and mood are fascinating and research in this area is growing at a rapid rate. We’re starting to see that certain elements of certain diets may promote positive emotions such as happiness, and even protect against stress, anxiety and depression.

For some happy eating advice, check out this interesting article…

via Harvard Health by Uma Naidoo

The human microbiome, or gut environment, is a community of different bacteria that has co-evolved with humans to be beneficial to both a person and the bacteria. Researchers agree that a person’s unique microbiome is created within the first 1,000 days of life, but there are things you can do to alter your gut environment throughout your life.

Ultra-processed foods and gut health

What we eat, especially foods that contain chemical additives and ultra-processed foods, affects our gut environment and increases our risk of diseases. Ultra-processed foods contain substances extracted from food (such as sugar and starch), added from food constituents (hydrogenated fats), or made in a laboratory (flavor enhancers, food colorings). It’s important to know that ultra-processed foods such as fast foods are manufactured to be extra tasty by the use of such ingredients or additives, and are cost effective to the consumer. These foods are very common in the typical Western diet. Some examples of processed foods are canned foods, sugar-coated dried fruits, and salted meat products. Some examples of ultra-processed foods are soda, sugary or savory packaged snack foods, packaged breads, buns and pastries, fish or chicken nuggets, and instant noodle soups.

Researchers recommend “fixing the food first” (in other words, what we eat) before trying gut modifying-therapies (probiotics, prebiotics) to improve how we feel. They suggest eating whole foods and avoiding processed and ultra-processed foods that we know cause inflammation and disease.

But what does my gut have to do with my mood?

When we consider the connection between the brain and the gut, it’s important to know that 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE