Food & the Feel-Good Factor

Phytonutrients are substances found in plants which are thought to be beneficial for humans and which help prevent certain diseases. ‘Phyto’ derives from the Greek word meaning ‘plant’.The tendency to eat processed foods presents the risk of poor or malnutrition. Without proper nutrition, the body and brain cannot function optimally. This in turn can lead to serious issues in mental and physical health.

Magnesium helps to produce serotonin – a mood enhancing neuro-transmitter within the brain which promotes a feeling of calm and relaxation. Serotonin is synthesised from the amino acid L-tryptophan. Foods high in tryptophan include chicken, eggs, turkey, cheese, fish, pumpkin and sesame seeds, peanuts. The good ol’ banana also deserves a mention as it’s easy to carry, store and eat especially for those who are busy and constantly on the go.  

It pays in spades to invest in the self-care which involves good nutrition. How can you jump for joy, for example, if you riddled with arthritis or osteoporosis? Arthritis means inflammation of the joints, and there are anti-inflammatory foods which can help to ease the pain and discomfort. Although many associate the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids with oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, omega 3s are also derived from flaxseeds, walnuts and kidney beans.