Happy Belly, Happy Mind!
Did you know that the bacteria in our gut can influence our thoughts and moods? It makes sense then that eating foods that are good for our bodies can boost our mood and keep that smile on your dial!
Probiotic Rich Foods: Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in our bellies and help maintain balance and wellbeing from the inside. Stock up on probiotic rich yoghurts (be sure to choose the ones with live and active cultures in them!) and all of those yummy fermented foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut. Kombucha is also a great way to get your probiotics on the go!
Mushrooms: It is a little known secret, but mushrooms have been shown to be super helpful in mood regulation. They are the only plant source of vitamin D, which is important not only to keep our bones healthy, but also to keep our moods up! They also contain selenium, which researchers have found to reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
Green Tea: Recent studies in Japan have found that those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea a day had a 20% increase in mood. Green tea is so versatile, and aside from being a delicious beverage, can be added to smoothies, dishes and even desserts to give it that extra boost. With the huge range of health benefits this superfood brings, it is no surprise that it is so popular in Asian culture!
Dark Chocolate: Full of antioxidants and magnesium, dark chocolate is a proven mood booster! Research has demonstrated its ability to reduce stress hormones and alleviate depression, fatigue and irritability. It is also a super tasty treat!