4 Happy Foods that Boost Your Spirits
The mind and emotions are not detached from the physical body.
What you eat plays a big role in how you think and the state of your emotions.
Some foods give you an immediate boost but end up being very bad for you. These include refined sugars, artificial ingredients, alcohol and other stimulants.
There are, however, nutritious foods that can naturally lift your spirits.
Foods that lift your spirits
Nature provides spirit-lifting foods that make you feel good emotionally.
They do this by providing happy chemicals, phytochemicals that stimulate or trigger certain body systems (your hormonal system, for example), offer unrefined sugars and fats, and offer the building blocks for energy.
In no particular order of importance, here are some (organically or biodynamically grown) foods for thought:
- Coconut butter. This fat, contains ketones and medium chain triglycerides that feed the brain. Available here.
- Spinach. This food promotes the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter most linked to happiness.
- Bananas. (also promotes production of serotonin) — plus they’re fun to peel!
- Sunflower seeds. These seeds contain a lot of glutamine, which is used by your cells to convert energy for cellular use.
Next time you’re feeling moody or depressed, try eating some of the above foods and notice the difference!
It could be that a dose of nature’s foods are just what the doctor ordered.
photo © 2008 Paul Martin