Good mood and cheerfulness help the human body to create substances that protect people from infections. Hormones responsible for feeling happy can improve the condition of the digestive system. There is a link between human mood and the intestinal microbiome. Excitement and cheerfulness are good for emotional health and can have a protective effect on the immunity and digestive system. The results of the latest research at the University of Texas say that serotonin, a hormone and neuro transmitter that has a positive effect on human mood, can fight pathogens (for example, E. Coli bacteria). Research reveals that elevated levels of the hormone of happiness prevent the activation of mechanisms in pathogens (necessary for the onset of infection). Conversely, the lower the level of serotonin in the intestines, the greater the tendency for infections to occur. The University of Texas says that people think that serotonin (happiness hormone) is produced in the brain, but this hormone is 95% produced in the intestines. Fortunately, any person can create a “happy shield”. The production of the optimal amount of serotonin for the formation of this protection begins with diet. The more varied the diet, the greater the chances that the intestinal microbiome contains the right combination of beneficial bacteria.
The impact of food on the body and brain is strong. Eaten food affects the intestines within 24 hours. The profile of the intestinal tract then begins to change. (This is Your Brain on Food by Dr. Uma Naidoo). Dr. Naidoo says that the brain is in direct contact with the intestines through the “vagus nerve” (the wandering nerve) and the mood is subject to change.
4 types of food for optimal function of the digestive system and for good mood:
- The digestive system should break down foods rich in fiber. This process is useful for maintaining good function and condition of the intestinal microbiom. If people eat processed foods the most, it means that the decomposition process has already been completed (before consuming food). The microbiom changes accordingly and causes metabolic problems (high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels). For a healthy means the intestinal microbiom should avoid processed foods whenever possible. You should eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible every day, as well as whole grains (millet and oats).
- A powerful combination against depression and for good mood is “a little turmeric with a pinch of black pepper” because the results of several clinical trials have shown that this combination alleviates the symptoms of depression. Piperine (a substance contained in black pepper) facilitates the absorption of the antioxidant curcumin. Spicy lemonade with turmeric and the addition of a pinch of black pepper is the most delicious and practical way to consume these foods (turmeric and black pepper). You can also mix turmeric and black pepper into Greek yogurt. Or use this combination for toppings for various salads. So at the same time you take in useful probiotic cultures from the composition of yogurt.
- In difficult and challenging times of a pandemic, there is an increased feeling of anxiety that triggers various chain reactions in the body. Chronic stress has a negative effect on the intestinal flora and disturbs the balance. The influence of bad bacteria in the intestines becomes more dominant and activates the inflammatory process which disturbs the mental state of people. Eat foods rich in omega 3 fats that have an anti-inflammatory effect and improve people’s mood (salmon and mackerel).
- To alleviate anxiety and significantly improve mood, it is recommended to consume foods rich in vitamins A, B and C complex. The best source of vitamin A is mackerel, lean beef and goat cheese. The best source of B vitamins is green leafy vegetables, legumes and seafood. The best sources of vitamin C are red and yellow peppers, broccoli, kale.