Feel Good Foods!

Have you wondered how food affects your mood? How awesome would it be, to get a feel good high from eating the right foods for your body type! Now, I don’t mean that kinda high….I mean, the kind that makes you feel nourished & happy after each meal. You’ve all heard the term before “you are what you eat” right? It is true-- let me explain further.

We feel differently when we drink coffee, alcohol, soda than when we drink fresh squeezed vegetable-fruit juice. Eating too much animal proteins, dairy, caffeine, sugar, heavy starches, processed foods and alcohol can cause anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, migraines, ADD, depression, anger, fatigue and poor immune system.  A balanced-healthy diet consists of mainly real, whole foods, which have been minimally processed. Eating the right amounts of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, proteins, whole grains, super-foods and drinking enough water can make one feel, light, happy, peaceful, focused, grounded, makes sleep better and strengthens the immune system.

Serotonin is known as the feel-good hormone and it’s a neurotransmitter that is responsible for our mood. The brain utilizes the amino acid tryptophan to produce serotonin. Serotonin is also found in the digestive system, and certain foods can raise or lower serotonin levels.

One important factor that can raise brain serotonin is our diet!!!

~Serotonin Stimulating Foods~

Dark Chocolate

Raw Cacao is known to raise serotonin levels in the brain and act as an aphrodisiac.  Real dark chocolate is at least 72% raw cacao and it’s rich in magnesium, Iron, and antioxidants.

Flaxseed Oil

Also known as linseeds, it’s full of omega 3 fats, vitamin E, B6, folate and antioxidants. Omega 3 fats play an important role in brain health & mood.

Pecan

Popular during the holidays and can be added to salads for flavor. Pecans are high in tryptophan and a good source of magnesium and B6.

Plantain

Contain 30 microgram of serotonin per serving and are also rich in potassium, vitamin C, B6 and Vitamin A. B6 is used to treat fatigue and depression.

Pumpkin seed

These delicious seeds, aka as “Pepita” meaning the fruit pumpkin are full of vitamins, minerals and also a good source of protein. They contain the amino acid tryptophan which is converted into serotonin and niacin (B3), which act as anti-stress and helps lower anxiety and irritability.

Seaweed

This marine algae is another food that contains high amounts of B6, magnesium and amino acid tryptophan. Magnesium is a mineral that helps relax the muscles, while tryptophan helps increase production of serotonin.

Yam

Although these comforting potatoes are considered to be a starchy vegetable, yams are made of complex carb, fiber allowing for slow uptake to keep blood sugar levels stabilized; which makes it a low glycemic index food. Yams contain vitamin c, fiber, potassium, manganese, B vitamins, and many other minerals like riboflavin, potassium, iron, and manganese.

Wild Salmon

High in omega 3 fats, lowers inflammation in the brain and body, and promotes well being. Omega 3 fats make large portion of the brain nerve cells and are used as a natural remedy to treat depression.