Need a Mood Boost? Eat Better!

No question that what you eat can affect how you feel, right?


Mental health and brain health are complex. So are the foods we eat, and the ways our bodies interact with those foods. While we don't know the exact mechanisms how food and nutrition help, we know a few ways food impacts our moods.


First, what we eat becomes the raw materials for our neurotransmitters. “Neurotransmitters” are biochemical messengers that allow our nerve cells to communicate (serotonin). They are important not just for thinking and memory, but also for mental health.


Second, what we eat affects our blood sugar. And having unstable blood sugar levels can contribute to mood swings.


Let’s talk about mood-boosting and mood-busting foods.


Mood-boosting foods

Some nutrient deficiencies look like mental health problems; this includes deficiencies in B-vitamins, vitamin D, and the mineral selenium. So, getting enough vitamins, minerals, (and other things like antioxidants) are key. These nutrients not only reduce inflammation but also fuel the biochemical reactions in our bodies. Including those that create neurotransmitters.


Now you know what I am going to say. That's right, eat a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, studies show that people who eat the most fruits and vegetables are the happiest.




I hope you got a chance to get outside in the sunshine this weekend. Pay special attention to vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin), as it’s not naturally occurring in too many foods, so you want to make sure you get outside for at least 20 minutes per day and/or take supplements.


Selenium is an essential mineral found in Brazil nuts, walnuts, cod, and poultry. Try to add some of those to your weekly diet.