I’m sure that most of us are aware that certain foods can make us feel a little “off”. They negatively affect our digestion, our emotions, and throw us out of balance, perhaps leaving us feeling a little ungrounded. A poor diet can throw off the optimal balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, which results in these symptoms. Well the good news is that some foods can do the opposite. Sound nutrition can help make us feel better not only physically, but mentally as well.
Neurotransmitters deliver information through the body and are the brain’s chemical messengers. They control sleep cycles, regulate energy, cause cravings and affect our overall mood. A proper diet filled with vitamins, minerals and nutrients help to produce neurotransmitters and enhance the messaging system.
Stick to a diet high in vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates. Healthy fats include olive oil, flax seeds, walnuts and avocados. Proteins include nuts, seeds, legumes and sustainable seafood. Complex carbohydrates include whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, wild rice and root vegetables.
Refrain from processed and denatured foods whenever possible. Go for the healthy option that will not only keep your digestive system on track, but will also support your nervous system and increase your ability to handle stress.