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The Secret to Improving Your Mental Health Is in Your Gut

Rippan Sandhu - Friday, August 17, 2018

According to Ayurveda “When the diet is wrong medicine is of no use... When the Diet is correct, medicine is of no need”.

The secret to improving your mental health is in your gut! Everything about food - How we prepare our food, what environment we cook in and how we feel when we create meals, every small thing adds up to creating a healthy meal – both for your body and mind!

Here are our top 3 foods for better moods!

  1. 1. Fresh fruits and Vegetables

This one is a no brainer! Rather than grabbing a pie or burger for lunch, try going green."Green leafy vegetables like spinach contain folate, which produces dopamine, a pleasure inducing brain chemical, helping you keep calm," says a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And, a 2013 study from the University of Otago found that college students tended to feel calmer, happier, and more energetic on days they ate more fruits and veggies. It can be hard to tell which came first—upbeat thoughts or healthy eating—but the researchers found that healthy eating seemed to predict a positive mood the next day. 

  1. 2. Nuts and healthy fats

  2. The very act of eating nuts, nutrition value aside, has a positive impact on your mental health.  The rhythmic movement of shelling nuts like pistachios or peanuts will help you relax while the added step of cracking open a shell slows down your eating, making pistachios a diet-friendly snack. The nuts contain key phytonutrients that may provide antioxidant support for cardiovascular healthWe can’t rave about Ghee more – this magic fat not only tastes delicious but also has a calming effect on your nervous system. So what are you waiting for? Order one now!

  1. 3. Spicy Spices!

  2. Eating all the healthy, wholesome foods in the world is of little use if your body cannot absorb the nutrients and out them to use building healthy body tissue – spices help you do just that! Spices not only add flavour and aroma; they also bring therapeutic value to any meal – they help boost natural immunity. According to Ayurveda, each meal should contain all six flavours: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent. And what flavour we like the most depends on our Dosha (surprise surprise!) For example, a Vata-predominant person will favour heavier meals with sour and salty tastes. A Kapha-predominant person may favour more pungent meals, and a Pitta-predominant person more sweet flavours. Don’t Have you tried our seasonal Spice Mix yet? They’re a great addition to your soups, salads and hotpots!

  3. Ayurda Cooking Tip!
  4. Did you know that according to Ayurveda, the vibration of the cook's feelings affects the way your food turns out? Though we can’t always control the way we feel, we could be mindful as to put out positivity while cooking! Always cook in a clean ventilated space with fresh local produce as much as possible!

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