We eat according to what we feel but we also feel according to what we eat. So if you are in search of well-being, it is important that you do not forget to put happiness on your plate by providing certain foods, in which a real wealth and mental and emotional alchemy are hidden.
To begin with, we must know that we have two "emotional centers": thebrain and the second brain, our gut. Both communicate with each other, and the proper functioning of one depends on the other. We must therefore contribute yourparticular nutritional fertilizer if we also seek to addemotional well-being.
It should be noted that with the unnatural rhythms that we carry, our two centers end up exhausting themselves and creating reactions of characteroxidative and inflammatoryto avoid. Stress, emotional ups and downs, anxiety, depression, fatigue, demotivation, insomnia, are part of the emotional range as a result of such imbalance ...
To counteract such effects, we should create a "self-care pantry" in which these allies of plant origin cannot be absent ...
Vegetablesespeciallythe crucifers such as broccoli, red cabbage, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnip, radishes, daikon turnip, arugula, and watercress. All of them are rich in sulforaphane, high capacityantioxidant and neuroprotective, capable of improving memory and learning. Thebeet with himsweet potato and thepurple potatoare vegetables of actionanti-inflammatory, being rich in pigments and antioxidant vitamins, which act as cofactors in neuronal responses.
Fruits to promote are theavocado, blueberries, blackberries, oranges, grapes, pomegranates and strawberries since they stand out for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory character. It would be interesting to consume themwhole and biological (especially if they cannot be peeled) since it is on your skin, where most of its benefits are concentrated. Another fruit to highlight is thecoconut, for its richness in fiberprebiotic, the favorite food of our intestinal microbiota (responsible for the health of our second brain and emotions) and of high powerantifungal and antibacterial, a true ally for cases of dysbiosis or intestinal candidiasis (inducing emotions such as depression, anxiety or insomnia).
The consumption of vegetables and fruits in general induces lower rates of depression and anxiety, which in addition to those mentioned, is importantvary them and make them part of ourfood base and not as a simple garnish.
Another ally iscocoa, but the 80% purity, so that it really brings benefits of interest. It is rich inflavonoids and various types ofpolyphenols in addition tomagnesium and tryptophan, which gives it propertiesneuroprotective, cognitive and antidepressant. To consume anyway in moderation.
As a whole grain, you cannot miss theOats, rich in vitamins of group B, tryptophan, magnesium and prebiotic fiber, it provides satiety, energy, satisfaction and increases our happiness, favoring our intestinal and neuronal health.
As healthy fats,Olive oil (omega 9) andFlax seeds or chia(omega 3), are essential to ensure good neuronal communication (synapse) and intestinal well-being, as well as theFermented of probiotic power such as Tamari, Miso or Apple cider vinegar, rice or umeboshi, as long as they are not pasteurized, in order to maintain their beneficial activity, that of repopulating our friendly intestinal microbiota.
ByMareva Gillioz, Dietitian and Nutritional Coach, specialized in Naturopathy