You’re probably not surprised to read there’s a link between food and mood. Comfort food gets its name for a reason and we often need to be ‘in the mood’ for certain foods. But food choices can impact your mood on a deeper level and scientific research is beginning to show that gut health is the crucial connection.
The happy hormone serotonin is known for its function in the brain to support mood, yet most of it is made in the gut, by your friendly gut bugs. So a happy, balanced gut supports a happy mood. But when your gut is out of whack, and bad bacteria take over, your mood can be wack as well.
Simple ways to balance your gut health
- Eat a wide variety of colourful vegetables – fibre feeds the good bugs.
- Include fermented foods such as unsweetened yoghurt, sauerkraut and kombucha to help increase healthy gut bacteria.
- Add herbs and spices to your food, as they contain natural plant chemicals which help keep the bad bugs in check.
- Reduce sugary foods as they can feed unhelpful bacteria.
Some shifts in mood need support beyond your diet, so if you’re not feeling better, find out more about how naturopathy can help you with a free 15 minute consultation.