Enhance your Mood with Food

For anyone who is feeling a bit low, stressed, tired, having trouble sleeping and needs to take a small step in the right direction I’m here to help! From work in my clinic people find it hard to know where to start when things are feeling a bit much. Small steps are the key.

When it comes to our mood we rely on our serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical found in the body. This chemical sends signals between your nerve cells. It is found mostly in the digestive system and throughout the central nervous system. The chemical is considered a natural mood stabiliser and can help with a variety of bodily functions. This includes sleeping, eating, and digesting. Therefore, when you take time/awareness to boost your serotonin levels with the right nutrients this will improve your naturally mood.

 

The main nutrient needed is tryptophan, this is a precursor to serotonin. This can be found in bananas, beef, legumes, turkey, salmon, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds. Also B vitamins, 1, 3,5, 6 are needed as this helps with our nervous system, our stress hormone norepinephrine and produces serotonin. Sources include peanuts, asparagus, chicken, oranges, sweet potato avocados and mackerel. Selenium is an important mineral and it is often praised for its role in antioxidant activity which helps defend against oxidative stress, you’ll find selenium in alfalfa, barely, brazil nuts and celery. Magnesium is also need, it contributes to normal function of the nervous system and muscles. It also supports you if you need to relax a bit, if you’re very stressed and having trouble sleeping it is wonderful. Magnesium is one of the minerals we are often deficient in we can get it from dark leafy greens, bananas, avocados and beans.