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A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body. Food and Mood

Understanding how food affects your mood can help you make more informed decisions about what you eat. A complex system involving the ‘gut-brain axis’ connects these organs, allowing for bidirectional communication between the two. That means that the health of the gut can impact the health of the brain and vice versa. The health of the gut, and consequently of the brain, is affected by what we eat – quality, quantity, and amount of different nutritional components.

So, what should we carefully consider for achieving and keeping a healthy mind in a healthy body? As everyone knows, regular physical exercise is crucial; but some attention paid to the effects of food on our mood can also be a great asset. Here are some examples of what happens to us when consuming certain types of food. 

  1. Eating foods that have high sugar content or refined carbohydrates can cause blood sugar levels to spike and then crash. This process can lead to feelings of irritability, fatigue, and mood swings. To avoid this, we should eat a balanced diet, including complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.

  2. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, and certain foods can affect its production. Eating foods high in tryptophan, such as turkey, can increase serotonin levels and improve mood. Other foods boosting serotonin levels include nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate.

  3. Chronic inflammation in the body has been linked to depression and other mood disorders. A diet with high levels of anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, can help reduce inflammation and improve mood.

  4. As mentioned above, research has shown that gut health can impact our mood. A diet containing plenty of fibre and probiotics can help promote a healthy gut and improve mood.  


Eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of whole foods can help regulate blood sugar levels, increase serotonin production, reduce inflammation, and promote gut health, all of which can contribute to better mood and overall well-being.

These ten foods are great mood boosters:


1. Dark chocolate

2. Berries

3. Bananas

4. Nuts and seeds

5. Fatty fish

6. Avocado

7. Leafy greens

8. Fermented foods

9. Whole grains

10. Turmeric


If you want to feel good inside and out, try and include these foods in your diet. Some of them can be grown in your garden or allotment, too, with the help of our technology to monitor their soil conditions and growth. 


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