With the world going through unprecedented circumstances, reducing stress and anxiety is more important than ever.
Healthy food plays a key role in this fight. Not only does healthy food boost your immune system, it also has some tangible effects on your mood and your state of mind.
The Benefits of Vitamins and Minerals
By consuming a diet rich in vitamins and minerals you’ll be better equipped to fight stress and anxiety. For example, magnesium, a mineral commonly found in nuts, avocados, and legumes, may help fight depression. On the other hand, low levels of vitamin C are linked with decreased physical performance and increased oxidative stress, so it’s important to maintain adequate levels of this nutrient by consuming guavas, chili peppers and citrus fruits such as orange and lemon,
The Digestion-Serotonin Connection
Gut health also has a direct impact on our mood. If fact, 90% of serotonin receptors are located in the gut. Serotonin is a natural mood stabilizer that contributes to feelings of well-being. Therefore, having a healthy gut bacteria can be crucial in order to fight anxiety.
Reducing your intake of artificial sweeteners is a good way to promote gut health, and fruits are the ideal replacement. Some natural foods that are good for your gut bacteria are raspberries, artichokes, broccoli, lentils and beans.
A Diet Based on Healthy Food May Protect Against Depression
A recent study suggests that a healthy diet that avoids inflammation-producing foods, like the Mediterranean diet, may protect against depression.
As its name suggests, the Mediterranean diet is inspired by the food consumed in the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea, particularly Greece and Italy. The Mediterranean diet offers a good outline of what a healthy diet may look like:
- Daily intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats (olive oil in particular)
- Weekly intake of fish, poultry and eggs
- Moderate intake of dairy products
- Limited intake of red meat
At Creative Ideas Catering we know the importance of consuming a balanced diet during stressful times. We provide free weekly provisions to our community in need and we have set up a donation campaign to feed our frontline workers and seniors.
Since most of our clients are unable to leave home, we also offer delivery service of fresh produce, to which you can add items such as fresh-made roasted salsas, hummus, and desserts. You can take advantage of our pickup and delivery services by following this link.
The world may be changing, but we feel prouder than ever to keep pursuing our goal of creating healthy, nutritious dishes that nurture our community.