So said Hippocrates the father of modern medicine and I couldn’t agree more! I absolutely love vibrant nourishing food and not much makes me happier than seeing a table laid with beautiful delicious foods and wine happily prepared to share with my friends and family.
Not only do I love the aesthetics of this but did you know that approximately 80% of our happy and calming hormones are produced in our digestive system which means that what we eat directly effects our mood and behaviour? In addition to what we are feeding ourselves the condition of our digestion and digestive system is also the cornerstone of good health and wellbeing.
As well as the majority of our serotonin and GABA (these happy/calming hormones I’ve already mentioned) being produced here approximately 80% of our immune system is also situated here so you can imagine how damage and dysregulation to this system effects the whole body and mind.
Science has also shown us that foods that damage the lining of the digestive system, as well as certain medications, alcohol, stress, etc, can lead to a condition called intestinal permeability, aka leaky gut, and this can further lead to leaky brain, i.e. leaky gut leaky brain! Have you heard that your digestive system is also known as your “second brain”?
Support your brain and your mental/emotional/psychological health with the following nourishing foods that heal and contribute towards you living the life you want to live!
Fats - 60% of the cells that make up our brains are comprised of fats. Yes fats are good and absolutely vital for mood, memory, cognition, behaviour, healthy sleeping, etc. I could go on and on!
Avocado, coconut oil/MCT oil, olive oil, grass fed butter, whole eggs, oily fish (fresh wild caught salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies), nuts & seeds
Proteins - proteins are the building blocks of life; every cell in the body contains proteins
Good quality, grass fed, organic, meats & chicken, fish, dairy, combination of beans & rice together (to make a complete protein)
Sources of B12 - required to make and keep our nerve and blood cells healthy
Can be found in: shellfish, liver, fish, red meat, dairy, cheese, and eggs
Green veggies - providing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrients as well as some of the B vitamins vital for optimal brain function:
Including: spinach, kale, rocket, bok choi, broccoli, brussel sprouts, artichoke, asparagus, green beans, lettuce - anything green!!!
Berries - full of antioxidant compounds to help keep inflammation at bay:
Mix into smoothies, add to salads, toppings on breakfast yoghurt, as an after dinner sweet treat
Turmeric - the superfood for the brain (and whole body)
Can add to cooking or if you have a condition that needs treating you can take as a high potency therapeutic supplement
Fermented foods - to feed your second brain and we've already talked about the gut-brain link!
Providing the good bacteria that is absolutely essential to overall health and wellbeing, from balancing the immune system to helping manage weight to healing skin conditions to managing mood
Sources: Kimchi, kombucca, sauerkraut, kefir, or probiotic supplements if you don’t like these foods
Pre-biotics - to supply the fuel for the good bacteria that are helping to keep us in balance - a very often forgotten aspect of gut bacterial health
Cooked and cooled potatoes, unripe bananas, raw asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, onion, garlic, leeks