Have you ever been in a foul mood and not really know why? I know I have. I have found myself on occasion just feeling irritated by the smallest things, things that would never normally get under my skin and I have been left wondering why after I have a bit of a ‘fly off the handle’ moment. Find out which mood foods can make you happy!
What if the cause of your mood is not actually external but is internal? What if your bad mood is actually caused by your body’s response to an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain due to your food choices? Increase Good Mood Foods and automatically improve your mood.
The great news is, food can both contribute to bad moods and support good moods so that means, with a little knowledge, you have the power to control your mood easily, safely and effectively (unlike many drugs prescribed to alter moods).
Lets start with some of the bad mood foods that many people eat in excess. Sugar, artificial sweeteners and any other highly processed sweetening food, margarine and any butter ‘like’ products and alcohol.
These foods increase feelings of anxiety, depression, headaches, dizziness, and inflammation. These foods reduce serotonin (good mood hormone) production, produce hormones that increase feelings of anxiety and stress, and block omega 3 fatty acids that act as natural mood enhancers in your body.
So what Good Mood foods should you consume?
The Gut-Brain connection has been the focus of many recent studies into mood and brain function. Live probiotics repopulate gut bacteria that can be wiped out by taking a course of antibiotics and can be affected by an overgrowth of ‘bad bacteria’ due to poor food choices outlined above. Good gut bacteria produce all sorts of biologically active chemicals including serotonin (the good mood hormone that the bad foods reduce)1,2.
Some live probiotics that can be easily made at home and consumed easily every day include Kombucha, Kefir, Sauerkraut and Kim Chi. These foods have been used by humans for thousands of years and are very safe. In fact, Kombucha is known as “immortal health elixir’ by the Chinese.
I am reluctant to use probiotics that come in a tablet or pill mainly because I don’t know how it has been processed, I don’t know what additives or fillers have been used to make it and I want the greater diversity of strains that come from a live cultured food.
Live Water Kefir Grains
Similar to probiotics, prebiotics are the foods that feed the good gut bacteria in your digestive system. These include high fiber foods like psyllium husk, bananas, onions, garlic, cabbage and dark green leafy vegetables.
Including a mix of prebiotics and probiotics into your daily food routine will produce optimal results to support neurotransmitter function and lower cortisol levels hence lower your body’s stress response3.
Omega 3 fatty acids
It is vital that we consume omega 3 fatty acids in our diet, as our body cannot produce these essential fatty acids. For the vegans and vego’s out there, you can get omega 3 fatty acids from certain nuts, seeds and oils including chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, walnut oil and hemp oil. The most well known sources are from fish like salmon and sardines.
Brain cell membranes are approx. 20% fatty acids. Our bodies cannot function correctly if it cannot repair and maintain its brain cells. Omega 3 fatty acids are needed to support proper neurological function, for mood regulation and for hormone production4.
People can be magnesium deficient and not know it. Magnesium is an essential mineral that our body uses for biological reactions particularly to regulate cortisol, the stress hormone. In fact, if you are suffering from stress often, there is every chance that you are magnesium deficient. This means no cellular energy and and affected hormone production system.
You can get magnesium naturally from green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables, mineralised water and cacao. Another great way to absorb magnesium and relax your nervous system is to take a magnesium salt or epsom salt bath. An even better way is to jump in the ocean for a swim regularly and swallow a small amount of sea water. Magnesium is the third most abundant mineral in the ocean.
Green tea is packed with polyphenols that are powerful anti-oxidants. There is research that suggests these polyphenols may protect against brain disorders and help to maintain a positive mood by increasing the availability of dopamine. Polyphenols also work to regulate glucose metabolism5.
When you cleanse, it is recommended you reduce a significant amount of stress that your body is normally under to let it rest and reset. If you do our Cleanse Club Cleanser, you will get a daily support pack that includes Epsom Salts for absorbing magnesium salt and psyllium husk for before and after your cleanse. The juices are not processed or pasteurised in any way and contain micro-fibres for good gut health. Do a 3 to 7 day cleanse and feel the difference to your mood.
- Dinan, T.G., Stanton, C., Cryan, J.F., (2013). Psychobiotics: a novel class of psychotropic, Biol Psychiatry. Nov 15;74(10):720-6.
- Ghodarz, A. et. al. (2016). Clinical and metabolic response to probiotic administration in patients with major depressive disorder: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, Nutrition. March 32:3:315-320
- Schmidt, K., et. al. (2014). Prebiotic intake reduces the waking cortisol response and alters emotional bias in healthy volunteers, Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2015; 232(10): 1793–1801.
- Parker, G., Gibson, N. A., Brotchie, H., Heruc, G., Rees, A. M., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D., (2006). Omega-3 fatty acids and mood disorders, Am J Psychiatry. 2006 Jun;163(6):969-78.
- Panickar, K. S., Jang, S., (2013).Dietary and plant polyphenols exert neuroprotective effects and improve cognitive function in cerebral ischemia, Recent Pat Food Nutr Agric. 2013 Aug;5(2):128-43.