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Rebecca Rose


How Food Can Affect Your Mood

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health conditions worldwide. Scientific evidence has shown that there is a relationship between nutrition and mental health.

Our brains require a constant supply of fuel, which comes from the food we eat. What we eat affects the structure, function of our brain but also our moods.

๐’๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ง is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. About 95% of serotonin is produced in your digestive tract. So your digestive system doesnโ€™t just digest your food it also helps to control your emotions.

There is also a link to our gut microbiome and our mental health (the trillions of microbial organisms, including bacteria, viruses, living in the human gut.)

The gut microbiome interacts with the brain using inflammatory, neural, hormonal signaling pathways.

These neurons help to:

  • Protect the intestinal lining by providing a strong barrier against toxins and bad bacteria.

  • Improve how well you absorb nutrients from your food

  • Help to limit any inflammation

**There is more research needed to understand the mechanisms that link food and mental wellbeing.


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