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Food, mood and emotional happiness

by Amber Fairweather |

13 Fermented Foods That Can Boost Your Mood & Make You Emotionally Happier

Stay happier by eating more fermented probiotic foods


It’s normal to feel down every once in a while, but for some individuals, it’s a frequent battle trying to stay happy. For years now, there have been different studies trying to pinpoint reasons why people develop mental disorders and experience poor moods.

Some of the factors discovered include stress, poor nutrition, environment, substance abuse, genetics, sleep deprivation, and side effects of medications. One of the easiest ways you can improve your mood and feel happier is through a better diet.

Not all foods have a positive effect on the body. Sugary treats, for instance, may taste sweet in the mouth, but too much of it may put you at risk of depression, irritability, and mood disorders. Fermented foods, on the other hand, have none of these negative side effects on your state of mind. Their probiotic content promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut which contributes to a healthy gut microbiome.

If your gut is in good shape, you feel less depressed, grumpy, or sluggish because, according to science, gut function has an impact on the brain. So if everything is alright inside your tummy, your brain can work better and the happier you’ll feel.

Now which probiotic foods can increase your emotional happiness? There are quite a number of them, and they include:

  1. Fermented yogurt
  2. Kimchi
  3. Kefir
  4. Kombucha
  5. Sauerkraut
  6. Beet kvass
  7. Fermented Pickles
  8. Traditional buttermilk
  9. Miso soup
  10. Natto
  11. Tempeh
  12. Sourdough bread
  13. Soft cheeses