Go Play in the Dirt

007 | Seven Foods To Support Your Mood

November 17, 2022 Lauren Bryson, BCHN Season 1 Episode 7
Go Play in the Dirt
007 | Seven Foods To Support Your Mood
Show Notes

Have you ever had a gut feeling? Butterflies in your stomach? An immediate instinct? The way our bodies give us clues is truly a work of art.

The gut-brain connection explains where your gut feelings come from. The gut and the brain are in constant communication with each other and the gut is home to the enteric nervous system aka “the second brain.” Our brain sends signals to every part of our body and where it is usually physically manifested is in your gut. This is why when we’re emotionally distressed, anxious, or depressed, we generally get discomfort in our stomachs.

Prioritizing your mental health is key for your overall health. Remember, do whatever it takes to take care of you! Whether it be movement, mindfulness, medication, therapy, group support or by using food as medicine.  We often forget the brain is an organ that needs specific nutrients to thrive. 

In this episode, I dive into the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry and outline seven specific foods to help support your mood. 

In this Episode, You’ll Discover

  • The emerging field of nutritional psychiatry 
  • The importance of prioritizing one’s mental health
  • The gut-brain connection
  • How to use food as medicine 
  • Seven foods to help support your mood
    • Turmeric
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • Sauerkraut
    • Berries
    • Cold Water Fish
    • Pumpkin Seeds
    • Dark Chocolate

Go Share These Thoughts:

  • The more we share our truth as messy and imperfect as it is, the more we grow, evolve, and connect. - Lauren Bryson
  • When I began to prioritize my mental health, it was key for supporting my overall health. - Lauren Bryson
  • Remember, do whatever it takes to take care of you—whether that be therapy, group support, medication, mindfulness, or movement. - Lauren Bryson
  • One way to support your mental health is through food. It is theorized that if you treat inflammation in the body and support your microbiome, you can treat inflammation in the brain. - Lauren Bryson
  • Listen to your gut. Trust your gut. - Lauren Bryson


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The Go Play in the Dirt Podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes only and not intended to be medical advice. The Go Play in the Dirt Podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of disease. If you have questions about a medical condition, please see your physician or other qualified health provider.