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Eat Yourself Happy - Foods for Depression

There is a second brain in your stomach, and what you eat affects how you feel.

There are approximately 100 million brain cells in your gut. These neurons span the

surface of your entire nervous system (ENS), and influence your emotional state.

Small wonder then, that the nutrients we absorb from food – like minerals, amino

acids and probiotics, contribute to our overall mood.


Here are five foods to keep your belly, and brain, happy:


Just a few scoops of this tangy fermented cabbage can deliver trillions of probiotic

cultures. Lactobacillus – a component in sauerkraut, kimchi and yoghurt – has

been shown in studies to regulate mood. A recent trial published in the

British Journal of Nutrition found that the healthy volunteers taking a blend of probiotics

for 30 days, showed significant improvement in psychological distress, depression,

anger-hostility and anxiety compared to a control group [1].

Kale, Rocket, Spinach

These are all rich sources of folate. People with low levels of this B vitamin are more

likely to be depressed and less likely to get a positive result from anti-depressants,

according to a study of 213 patients at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital [2.]

Shiitake Mushrooms

These delicious buttery tasting 'shrooms provide a great source of B vitamins (for

energy), as well as a boost of vitamin D. Recent studies suggest that a lack of vitamin

D could leave you at greater risk for depression [3]

Try Natasha’s Asian Noodle Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms [4]


Packed with omega-3 fatty acids eggs can help you stay sunny side up. Researchers

from Belgium gave volunteers either fatty acids (received through a tube directly to

the stomach) or saline solution. Those fed fatty acids reported reduced feelings of

sadness; a finding also supported by brain images.



The ultimate breakfast fruit, these berries are rich in Anthocyanins. These antioxidants

stimulate the production of dopamine, the feel good neurotransmitter associated with

desire and reward. Try Natasha’s Beetroot and Blueberry Smoothie, on pg 56 of

Honestly Healthy Cleanse [5]

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