Food And Your Mood

Our daily eating patterns impact our mood. Are you familiar with being ‘hangry’ when you skip a meal?⠀

Eating when we are stressed, on the run, standing up, harms our digestive enzymes and disrupts digestion and absorption of nutrients. It also raises our stress hormones and causes us to store more belly fat and the reason behind this is the strong connection between the gut and the brain.⠀
The gut is often referred to as our second brain, and it’s created from the same tissue during foetal development as our actual brain. The gut and the brain are connected via our vagus nerve and it is through this major nerve that the gut transmits information to the brain. Yes, they talk to each other, hence the reason our mood depends greatly on the health of our gut.⠀
If the gut is inflamed, irritated and full of bad bacteria, our mood is going to reflect this. Any toxicity in our gut flows through the body and into the brain where it can cause poor moods and a whole host of other mental and physical issues.⠀
The greatest concentration of serotonin, our feel-good neurotransmitter is found in the gut, not in the brain. Serotonin is involved in mood control, depression, and aggression, and is inhibited by poor gut health and poor food choices.⠀
Nourishing the gut and making healthy food elevates our mood and improves our health. It’s true, you really are what you eat.⠀
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