Food is one of the biggest drivers of mood, behaviour, attention and memory. Eating a whole foods diet that is varied gives you access to a large variety of nutrients to support your brain and gut (which is linked to a healthy brain). These are some of my favourite foods because they are rich in the nutrients that help synthesize your neurotransmitters and support healthy neurological function.
Dark chocolate: Just hearing the word chocolate makes me happy! On top of that chocolate is rich in magnesium, the anti-stress mineral which can relax you. Dark chocolate has one of the highest concentrations of phenylethylamine which stimulates your brain’s pleasure centres. This is the same pleasure centre that hits peak levels during an or**sm. Hmm so maybe the question is chocolate better than s*x has some scientific validity. 🤣
Avocado: Rich in B6 and B5 which help synthesize neurotransmitters, hormones and adapt to stress.
Ghee: Is clarified butter that removes the milk solids (aka potential inflammatory triggers for some), so it’s basically the best part of butter. This is a great source of healthy fats, a fundamental building block of brain cells.
Wild salmon: This is one of the best sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are crucial to supporting a healthy brain and positive mental health. Low levels of omega-3s have been linked to anxiety and depression.
Leafy greens: Rich in b-vitamins, our popular cofactors, and support energy levels and methylation in the brain. They are also anti-inflammatory and alkalizing, what’s not to love.
Fermented foods: These foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, cultured yogurt, kefir and miso. They contain a variety of probiotics in nature’s form to help balance your gut microbiome.
Poultry: Another great source of protein (your body’s and neurotransmitters building blocks), b vitamins and a good source of tryptophan an important precursor of serotonin production.
Nuts and seeds: These are great sources of antioxidants, zinc, vit e, magnesium, selenium....all important cofactors for a happy brain and positive mood!
Which ones will you start to eat more of?