Gut health and food

Look to your fridge for mental well-being

Inflammation is increasingly linked to your mental well-being. And what we eat can help us reduce inflammation and boost our mood.
What does this mean? Look to your fridge!

3 food tips to help reduce inflammation in your body and boost your mood:

1) EAT MORE

  • Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, collards)
  • Legumes such as chickpeas, lentils, beans
  • Olive oils
  • Nuts, including almonds, walnuts
  • Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines)
  • Fruits like cherries, oranges, apples
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, cherries)

2) EAT LESS

  • Refined carbohydrates (white bread, pastries)
  • French-fries and fried food
  • Sodas and sugar-sweetened drinks
  • Red and processed meat
  • Margarine, shortening, lard

3) ADD FERMENTED FOODS

  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso & tempeh
  • Apple cider vinegar

In short: Eat well, feel well!

The science backs it up … In fact, a study in which mice where given an unhealthy diet, the poor things developed depressive symptoms! Similarly, studies involving humans have shown that for some people with depression, food can be a tool that helps them get better, as much as taking antidepressants.

Several factors are at work, but one essential component is inflammation.

Research shows the microbes in our gut may influence inflammation, positively or negatively – depending on what you eat


How our gut flora affects our mental well-being is already a highly active field of research internationally. More research is needed, but this is definitely a space to watch as the world of science explores the causes and cures for mental ill health.

NOTE:
This does not constitute or substitute for medical advice! Seek professional healthcare advice as needed, including which therapy or probiotic might be suitable specifically for you!