Goodness in the Gut

Nourish Bud Gut Health

Happy food for a happy mood

Eating the right food can have an extraordinary impact on our mental health. The gut-brain axis ties our digestive system to how we actually "feel" and this is a topic we're fascinated by at Nourish Bud. 

Good Gut Health

Microbiome health, or gut health can affect our mood and psychological health through the way our gut and brain communicate, aka "the gut-brain axis". A healthy tummy can equal a healthy brain, and eating a diet rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals has been shown to vastly improve our mood- all of which are abundant in a plant-based diet. Wholegrains like quinoa are packed with B Vitamins which are essential for cognitive health. It's almost too good to be true, but a small amount of dark chocolate can give us the lift we need. It is high in antioxidants and magnesium, which is linked to improved mental health and battling anxiety.

Stress and Serotonin 

Stress is something we all deal with to a greater or lesser extent. Stress hormone release is normal, and indeed is our body's natural 'fight or flight' response, which was of course extremely useful for our ancestors. But, since we're (hopefully) no longer being chased by tigers, regular feelings of stress take their tole on our bodies; from insomnia to high blood pressure. Sleep and exercise are always key, but the food we eat can also be a useful tool in managing stress.


Foods that aid serotonin ('the happy hormone') production are brilliant mood boosters. Again, complex carbs like those found in wholegrains are brilliant, and help to avoid blood sugar spikes. Leafy greens like kale and broccoli are great sources of B6, which is essential for serotonin production, and also help improve your digestive system at the same time.

Finally, we cannot produce serotonin without the amino acid Tryptophan, which is found in a lot of foods, but evidence shows it is absorbed much better from plant-based sources. So, a diet rich in a variety of quality plant-based ingredients is one of our best tools for boosting our 'happy hormones'. Add a handful of seeds to your oats or salad, or a dollop of peanut butter in your smoothie for an easy tryptophan hit! 

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By Luke Tonks 

Luke is one of the Nourish Bud co-founders, and a ‘foodie’ through and through. Loves cooking but mainly because it means he gets to eat straight after. Created Nourish Bud to share the delights of quality plant-based food with everyone else.

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