6 Foods That Increase Psychological Wellbeing And Are Great for Gut
Eric Bakker… the Naturopath.
Thanks for coming back.
We’re going to talk about different foods,
but more so what’s in those foods and how
they really relate to your general wellbeing,
particularly mental wellbeing.
Six foods that increase your psychological
Okay, also for a great gut.
So I made a few notes here.
Let’s talk about a couple of different categories
So complex carbs, which is one of my big concerns
these days with paleo diets and keto diets,
and people have taken a lot of the good carbs
out of the diet in favor of high meat and
Even though people talk about healthy keto,
many people still take it to an extreme and
take lots and lots of carbs out of their diet.
Too many fruits, too many vegetables, starchy
foods, legumes, grains, a lot of these are
stripped out of people’s diets in favor for
too much fat in meat.
I’ve seen this routinely.
Particularly last year, I saw a lot of keto
So you need complex carbs.
They’re important for energy production, okay?
Carbs are also very important to keep up good
I’ve always noticed that when people skimped
on carbs in their diet, they became more grumpy
and they had more mood disorders.
So complex carbs, obviously the brain needs
So a large chunk of the fuel that we eat gets
consumed by the brain and glucose is one of
Sugars feed the brain basically, but there
are good sugars and bad sugars.
And we know about the bad sugars, candy, ice
cream, a lot of takeaway food, high fructose
corn syrup, artificial sugars, lots of sweets,
sweetening agents that have put in foods these
days really to make people want to eat those
kinds of foods.
Well, these things actually increase obesity
and ramp up depression, but there’s certainly
not been linked with the consumption of healthy
carbohydrates, complex carbs, grains, nuts,
seeds, starchy vegetables, green leafy vegetables,
many different types of fruits that contain
very healthy amounts of carbs and fibers and
resistant starches that really helped to improve
that gut function and our psychological wellbeing.
Antioxidant group, the brightly colored foods,
we’re told also today not to eat any more
by a particular doctor.
Don’t eat tomatoes, they’re bad for you.
Keep away from bell peppers and and potatoes
and all the night shades and all this sort
So where’s all this junk come from?
You get some guy in a white coat hopping around
telling you not to eat this vegetables and
these will shorten your lifespan and all this
sort of junk.
Antioxidant rich foods are very important
They stop oxidative stress, they reverse oxidative
So oxidative stress is important in the body
for many different reasons.
For example, energy production happens through
oxidation, also a little bit like, what can
happen with iron and water, it can create
rusting or an accelerated aging or damage
to the body, which the antioxidants have to
So the brightly colored foods are very rich
in antioxidants, avocados and those sorts
Many different foods contain antioxidants,
but unfortunately, again, some people are
cutting these foods out of their diet.
So don’t do that.
If you want good levels, especially of the
hormones dopamine and serotonin, antioxidants
will help to protect those in the brain environment
rather than having them being degraded.
So there’s a lot to be said for these brightly
colored foods in your diet, blueberries, raspberries,
strawberries, and you get the picture, aubergines,
tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchinis.
There are lots of foods containing antioxidants.
The third group is the Omega-3 or the fish
oil, I call them the fish oils, but Omega-3
you’re going to find in walnuts and chia seeds
and a whole lot of different things.
So the Omega-3 is very important because you
need to get this in your diet.
Your body can’t make these essential fatty
acids by themselves.
So Omega-3 has proven through many, many different
research papers I’ve read that people who
have a diet rich in fatty fish, seeds and
nuts, oils containing Omega-3 tend to have
a more positive mood and also higher cognitive
function than people who don’t have the Omega-3
in their diet.
So do yourself a favor and take some Omega-3
in your diet, whether it’s in the form of
hemp seed oil or fish oil, things like that.
So I can’t recommend Omega-3 high enough,
especially if you want to live a long life.
It’s an important one to have regularly in
One of the biggest killers is circulatory
problems that people have, strokes and heart
attacks and Omega-3 helps to reduce that significantly.
Also, I’ve always found that people who have
high Omega diets tend to be more positive,
not so negative.
The fourth group of the B vitamins.
Now here we’re talking very powerful stuff.
So many people, again, lack sufficient B vitamins
in their diet, often through the type of food
choices they make.
They’re eating the wrong kinds of foods that
are depleted in Bs.
Mechanized farming and the super phosphate
fertilizers, not only pull many different
trace elements out of the soil, they also
seriously reduce the amount of B vitamins
like B6 that you’re going to be getting in
B6, B12 and folate are very important for
Many different reasons why those three particular
key nutrients are important, but people who
suffer from depression often have a lack of
B12, B6 and folic acid.
You may want to check out the MTHFR gene to
see if you’ve got a gene deficit there because
that could preclude you from being able to
uptake a B12 normally.
You might need to look at a different form
of vitamin B12, but there’s a clear cut link
between low mood depression and B vitamins.
Energy production is dependent on B vitamins.
There are several mechanisms in the body that
derive energy direct through the BS.
Penathenic acid or B5 is one of the most powerful
B vitamins for driving up energy production,
and many good B complex supplements have got
excellent levels of B five in them for that
But any good a B vitamin if you notice a definite
pick up on that, I would urge you to look
deeper into your diet and include foods that
are higher in B vitamins.
The fifth category are the probiotics.
Now, we’ve talked enough about that on this
channel, the beneficial bacteria, the bifidobacteria,
the lactobacillus, the enterobacteria, there
are so many species there that you want to
get up in good amounts.
You’ll achieve that mainly by selecting the
correct type of vegetables in my opinion.
Fermented foods, cultured foods and vegetables,
starchy root crops really help to give you
a good gut foundation like sweet potato.
But the brassica is also broccoli, cauliflower,
the allium family like leaks, all these foods
will serve to give your digestive system a
nice base for building good levels of beneficial
bacteria because you need the right type of
vegetables ferment to get those bacteria there.
And those bacteria confer excellent benefits
for you emotionally and mentally.
So the people with the highest levels, again,
I’ve always noticed this on a still test,
the people with the highest levels of the
beneficial bacteria tend to be the people
who feel a lot better about their life than
the ones have at the lowest levels.
The sixth one are the trace elements.
So I urge you to eat food like I eat, like
seaweed, like a proper dried sea salt, not
the iodized salt that you get from the shop,
nuts and seeds, organic vegetables, preferably
some foods you grow yourself.
So what I’m trying to get here, these foods
all contain trace elements like molybdenum
and manganese and zinc and copper.
And these are very hard to get from many food
sources, especially if you’re going to buy
vegetables and fruits just from supermarket
because you’ll find that a lot of these foods
don’t even contain a good levels of vitamins
Research was conducted years ago in Australia
at different markets where they sell produce.
When they tested tomatoes in Melbourne years
ago, they found that they had a zero vitamin
These are hydroponically grown tomatoes.
So I don’t really like hydroponic ground stuff.
I find it tastes wishy washy and it’s just
So nothing beats proper organically sort of
They taste amazing.
I grow beautiful ones in summertime.
So the trace elements you’re going to get
from things like pumpkin seeds, sunflower
seeds, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, almonds,
You also get them from sardines if you eat
You’ll get them from many foods.
Particularly if you grow some yourself with
good soil, you’re bound to get trace elements.
So that’s the six sort of groups I just wanted
to discuss in terms of the nutrients in some
foods and mental and emotional health.
If you can hit on these six categories and
eat these foods regularly, you’re going to
find, like me, you’d be pretty happy most
of the time, not all the time.
Thanks for tuning in.
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