Can food truly help your mood? Absolutely. It turns out more than 90% of the feel-good hormone serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract. So fueling the nerve cells and “good” bacteria that line your gut doesn’t just play a role in your physical health but also your mental health.
Plus, research suggests that people with so-called healthy diets are less likely to be depressed. In a review published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists found that people who ate a lot of fruits, veggies, fish, and whole grains significantly cut their odds of depression.
And other research shows that people who eat a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing depression versus folks who eat a typical “Western” diet. So go on: Get ahead of the winter blues and load up on healthy food. What’s good for the body is good for the mind.