When your bodily functions aren’t running efficiently, it can have a strong impact on your mood. The foods you eat may have a positive or negative influence on your energy levels, focus and happiness. Choose plant-based foods that can improve your mental and emotional health, as well as your physical health. You aren’t meant to be depressed or tired every day. Clear your brain fog with whole plant foods. You deserve to be happy and healthy!
B Vitamins Plant foods like oranges, oats, chickpeas, asparagus, kale, cashews, spinach, broccoli are high in B vitamins which play a role in managing stress, balancing hormones, combating anxiety and increasing energy. Find out more about the eight B vitamins and the roles they play in your body here.
Magnesium Plant foods like oats, cacao, hemp, nuts & seeds and dark leafy greens are high in magnesium which calms anxiety, boosts mood, helps detoxification and impacts almost all of the body’s systems because of its cellular and molecular function. A lack of magnesium can lead to headaches, muscle cramps, depression, insomnia, heart issues and much more.
Antioxidants Plant foods like apples, berries, onions, green tea and other fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which support the nervous & immune system, aid in cell function, fuel neurotransmitters in the brain and reduce inflammation. Antioxidants like quercetin is a natural anti-histamine which stabilizes cells in a way that helps lower stress induced anxiety and allergic reactions.
Healthy Gut When your digestion system is struggling, your mood is bound to be affected. 95% of the serotonin in the body is produced and stored in the gut, demonstrating the strong relationship between digestive and emotional distress. Plant-based eating eliminates acidic wastes, saturated fats and harmful proteins found in animal-based foods. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, tempeh and kombucha contain good bacteria and probiotics that help breakdown food and battle digestive issues. Dairy is a problematic food when it comes to gut health and mood. The protein, casein, present in dairy interferes with the brain receptors and our bodies can create antibodies as a response. Dairy and meat also contain many added hormones which can imbalance your system and further affect your mood.
.Stable Blood Sugar Levels Animal meats and products are high in fat and promote insulin resistance and can lead to diabetes. Having spikes and dips in your blood sugar can disturb your mood. The quicker your blood sugar drops, the more mood swings you’ll have and the more tired you’ll feel. Your body will feel lethargic until you can eat something to rise your blood sugar levels again. A plant-based diet high in fibre and low in fat helps insulin sensitivity. Fibre keeps the absorption of sugar slow and steady and therefore balancing out your blood sugar levels. Fibre cannot be found in any animal foods and is only present in plant foods.
It’s surprising and amazing how much your body and mind can improve when you’re eating a variety of plant-based whole foods. If your body doesn’t feel at its optimal health, try adding more plant-based foods into your diet. Boost your energy and mood to improve your quality of life!