Mood-Boosting Nutrition: What to Eat to Feel Better

Mood-Boosting Nutrition: What to Eat to Feel Better

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By Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN, CDCES

Did you know our diet can impact our mood and overall sense of happiness? It’s true. What we eat can affect our mental health. That is why we at Designer Wellness believe in whole-body nutrition to keep you nourished from head to toe. This blog will show you what foods to eat to promote your mental health and happiness. 

The Importance of Gut Health

Gut health is crucial for overall well-being, particularly for mood regulation. An astonishing 90% to 95% of our serotonin receptors are located in the gut. Serotonin, often called the "feel-good hormone," significantly influences mood, sleep, and appetite. Maintaining a healthy gut can directly impact serotonin production, enhancing mood and mental health.

Tips to Promote Good Gut Health:

Balancing Blood Sugars

Stable blood sugar levels are vital for maintaining a steady mood. Fluctuations in blood sugar can lead to irritability, fatigue, and mood swings. Eating regular, balanced meals helps keep blood sugars and energy levels consistent.

Pro Tips for Balanced Blood Sugars:

The Role of Fiber

Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system and can help regulate blood sugar levels. High-fiber foods also support gut health by promoting regular bowel movements and feeding beneficial gut bacteria.

Pro Tip for Boosting Fiber-Rich Foods:

The Benefits of Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are critical for brain health and mood regulation. In fact, your brain is 60% fat! Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, are known for their mood-boosting properties. These fats support cell membrane health and are essential for producing neurotransmitters like serotonin.

Pro Tip for Boosting Healthy Fats:

Foods That Boost Serotonin

Tryptophan, an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin, is found in various foods. Consuming these foods can help boost serotonin levels naturally. Here are eight serotonin-boosting foods:

Carbohydrates and Tryptophan

Carbohydrates play a crucial role in allowing tryptophan to reach the brain and produce serotonin. You heard that right! Contrary to popular diet, you do need carbs! Including healthy carbohydrates in your diet can enhance the effectiveness of tryptophan-rich foods.

Healthy Carbohydrate Sources:

Additional Tips for Boosting Serotonin and Mood

Incorporating these mood-boosting nutritional tips into your daily routine can support your mental health and help you enjoy a more balanced, happy life. Remember, what you eat profoundly impacts your feelings, so choose foods that nourish your body and mind. Designer Wellness is here to support you. Check out all our healthy living blogs here, and enjoy the mood-boosting smoothie recipe below!

Mood-Boosting Smoothie

2 scoops Designer Egg Vanilla

1 banana

1 cup Strawberries or Berry Mix

½ cup frozen Spinach (1 cup if fresh)

1 cup Soy Milk 

1 Tbsp chia seeds

¼ cup cashews


Mix it all together and enjoy!

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