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The Gut-Brain Connection: Boosting Mood Through Diet

Updated: Mar 4, 2019

Dieting is usually a popular new year’s resolution we see this time of year. Developing

healthier eating habits is great, but understanding how to use food as fuel is even better! Let’s

talk about a few ways you can actually boost your mood through your diet...


Microbiome


Scientifically speaking, your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi and

other microbes. It plays a very important role in your overall health by aiding digestion. It also

affects your immune system and many other aspects of your physical health.

As for the mental health benefits of the microbiome, the gut-brain connection is powerful!

The gut-brain axis refers to the physical and chemical connections between your gut and brain.

Therefore, you can improve your brain growth and mood by altering your gut bacteria.


Mood-Boosting Tips


• Add Fermented Foods To Your Diet Sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, and fermented

vegetables are natural sources of probiotic bacteria.

• Consider taking a probiotic supplement with Lactobaccilus

• Eat foods that avoid GMOs and other harmful ingredients.

• Monitor your Gluten intake as gluten enhances the state of the gut lining which can

cause inflammation


Above all, try to cut back on processed foods and sugar as they can really affect your

mood (and health). Remember that nutrition can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for

depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.


Above all, cut back on sugar for optimal mental and physical health

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