How food influences your mood


This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.

You know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Nowadays, it takes about SIX apples to keep the doctor away on a daily basis. This is a result of the increased pollution in our air and the contaminated soils in our country, amongst other factors. This is just an example of how much more plant based food you need to be consuming in order to obtain your optimal health and happiness and stay off of endless medications. Are you feeling run down and sluggish after a big meal? Does your meal contain processed, refined sugars and carbohydrates? Let me explain why a high carb, low fat, plant based diet will undoubtedly make you feel better!

Potassium, for example, is one of the most important minerals in a relaxed body—it is a physiological tranquilizer that calms down the nervous system. Ok, so now you are thinking—alright, I’ll eat one banana every day. One banana only contains 400mg of potassium. You need 4700mg of potassium each day in order to get your minimum! This entails eating about 7-8 cups of fruits and veggies every day. No wonder your one banana a day isn’t giving you a ton of energy! If your potassium is low, your heart rate will rise—this can prevent you from having stable blood sugar levels and a restful sleep (integral for high energy!).

You can fill this potassium requirement on a daily basis by simply eating a few bananas everyday—on their own or blended into a delicious green smoothie—and by eating a large salad every day! Not so hard, right?

Antioxidants affect the way your brain functions—it has been scientifically proven that the happiest people eat the most plant based foods. These people have high levels of carotenoids, for example, that come from beta-carotene. Antioxidants do not only prevent chronic disease, but they also help your brain to function better. When your brain is functioning efficiently, your body will follow. Once your body is feeling good, you are more likely to have increased energy levels and you will be more inclined to exercise and stay on track! All of these factors work together to keep your mood up which leaves you HAPPY!

Here’s some examples of what foods you should be eating every day!