Updated: Jan 10, 2020
As I recently pointed out in one of my posts, being happy is the one thing you can do, in order to stay healthy!
Let me explain for you, now, how this works.
Our brain produces many hormones, that play a crucial role in all our body's functions, and either an overproduction, or an underproduction of them can cause imbalances in our body's homeostasis and can lead to diseases, physical and possibly mental.
One of those important hormones is Serotonin, known as ''The Happiness Hormone''.
The thing many people don't know though is that 95% of the amount of serotonin produced in our body, is not produced in our brain, but in our gut.
With that being said, our food and the way our digestive system reacts to it, can cause dramatic changes in our serotonin levels and as a result, in our mood!
Foods like meat, diary products, eggs, fish and other high protein substances, are not easily digested. So, they cause an overactivity of our stomach and overproduction of the gastric acid, in order to be broken down and metabolized.
Afterwards, they continue moving into our gut and they cause discomfort and irritation, as they stay many hours in there, until they are finally ready to leave our body.
So, what is the best thing you can do in order to have a happy gut and, as a result, a great mood?
Is to focus on your eating habits.
Eat things that are easily digested, as well as, try to chew your food very well before you swallow it. This is really important!
Because, even if you eat the best salads and fruits out there, they are not going to keep your gut happy, if you don't start digesting them by the time they get in your mouth.
So, take your time when you eat. Stop whatever else you are doing and enjoy your food as long as you feel like.
Make your breakfast, lunch and dinner time sacred. Create a ritual around it. Sit calmly, eat your food as slow as you can and be mindful in the process.
Finally, don't forget that everyone is different and a food that irritates me, may not irritate you and the opposite. So, check in on your own feelings everytime you eat and try to avoid the things that don't feel good.
Remember, guys, that when it comes to diet, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution!
Trust your own body and listen to what it is trying to tell you!