★★★★★ Reviews on Trustpilot
Supporting City Harvest charity through our Meal for A Meal program
B-Corp Certified
Mood Food: Five Surprising Ways That Food Affects You

Mood Food: Five Surprising Ways That Food Affects You

Meal prep is about more than just a healthy lunch; it also has a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. With our busy schedules and often hectic lifestyles, we can underestimate the power of the food we consume and how it can influence our moods. Read on to explore four surprising ways that food affects your mood as well as the importance of a healthy diet for overall emotional health.

1.  The Gut-Brain Connection

You may be surprised to learn that there is a direct link between your gut and your brain. The gut-brain connection refers to the communication pathway that exists between your gastrointestinal tract and your brain. Research has shown that the microbes in your gut play a crucial role in producing neurotransmitters like serotonin, often referred to as the "happy hormone." A healthy diet rich in probiotics, fibre, and fermented foods from things like nutritious soups and superfood dressings can promote a balanced gut microbiome, leading to improved mood and mental well-being.

2.  Blood Sugar Levels

Do you suffer from low blood sugar? The food you eat can significantly impact your blood sugar levels. Consuming sugary and processed foods can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar, followed by a crash, leading to mood swings, irritability, and fatigue. On the other hand, a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, legumes, and vegetables, can help stabilise blood sugar levels and provide a steady release of energy throughout the day, promoting a more stable and positive mood. If this sounds like you, then meal prep is especially important.

3.  The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain health and function. Individuals with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids are more prone to depression and mood disorders. Including foods like fatty fish (salmon, sardines), walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds in your diet can provide a natural boost of omega-3s, supporting better mood regulation and reducing the risk of depressive symptoms. Not sure how to add omega-3 into your diet? You can easily add them into a healthy lunch using superfood dressings or a sprinkle of seeds as a garnish.

4.  Intake of Micronutrients

Certain vitamins and minerals have been found to influence mood and emotional well-being. For instance, deficiencies in B vitamins, particularly vitamins B6, B9 (folate), and B12, have been linked to symptoms of depression and anxiety. Similarly, low levels of magnesium, zinc, and iron can impact neurotransmitter production and function, leading to imbalances in mood. Including a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods in your diet, such as leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins, can ensure an adequate intake of these essential micronutrients, supporting a positive mood. Perhaps this rings true for you? If so, think about meal prep in advance in order to increase your intake of essential micronutrients.

Pow Food - Healthy Ready Meal Delivery

Leave the meal prep to us! Eat to support your mood with our complete meals, soups and snacks. We offer nutritionist designed meal plans that support your gut health, energy and overall well being. Our meals are made with 100% natural ingredients, helping to support your immune system and gut health, while giving you energy and all you need.

Shop online today for quality food boxes and healthy ready meal delivery, or give us a call on 0245 340 5397 if you have any questions about our products.

Previous post
Next post
Back to Recipes