Antioxidant rich foods 🧠♥️

Antioxidant rich foods 🧠♥️

Louis Butcher

We like to think of Soulful as Good Mood Food, but what does that really mean? 

 
We asked our nutritionist, Alicia, to explain the science behind how eating Soulful could help  not only your physical wellbeing, but your mental wellbeing too.
Today we're talking Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is one of the three main antioxidant vitamins.
It's fat soluble, which means it can cross the blood brain barrier.
You'll find it in squash, red pepper, olive oil, sunflower seeds and almonds.
It is really important for cognitive function, protecting the brain from toxins and regenerating antioxidants.
During times of prominent anxiety and stress, your body uses more vitamin E, which can deplete your stores and lead to more intense anxiety symptoms. Supplementing with vitamin E can help your body restore its natural balance and provide some relief from anxiousness, stress, and depression.

Where can you find Vitamin E? Our OnePots!

 So, not only are they a super tasty way to grab a quick lunch, they can also help your body and mind to cope with the stresses of life.

How’s that for Good Mood Food?

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Food to help you relax 🧠♥️

Food to help you relax 🧠♥️

Louis Butcher

We like to think of Soulful as Good Mood Food, but what does that really mean? 

 
We asked our nutritionist, Alicia, to explain the science behind how eating Soulful could help  not only your physical wellbeing, but your mental wellbeing too.
Today we're talking Magnesium. 
Magnesium has over 300 functions in the body.
One of those is relaxation. Whilst calcium works to contract our nerves and muscle cells, magnesium is essential for them to relax.
Magnesium can be found in pumpkin seeds, edamame, spinach as well as dark chocolate!
Magnesium also plays an important role in calming our nervous system, by blocking excitatory neurotransmitters such as NMDA/Glutamate and increasing production of inhibitory neurotransmitters such as GABA which is needed for relaxation and good quality sleep.
Low levels of magnesium have been linked to depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

Where can you find magnesium rich foods? Our OnePots!

 So, not only are they a super tasty way to grab a quick lunch, they can also help your body and mind to cope with the stresses of life.

How’s that for Good Mood Food?

Get your Good Mood Food here!

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Good Mood Food - Potassium 🧠♥️

Good Mood Food - Potassium 🧠♥️

Louis Butcher

We like to think of Soulful as Good Mood Food, but what does that really mean? 

 

We asked our nutritionist, Alicia, to explain the science behind our thinking and explain how eating Soulful could help  not only your physical wellbeing, but your mental wellbeing too.

Today we're talking Potassium. 

Potassium is an essential mineral that has many functions within the body including stress management. It's essential for the healthy functioning of our adrenals. It's found in abundance in cooked spinach, broccoli, peas and potatoes.

Adrenals are small glands located just above the kidneys and they produce hormones that are fundamental to our health and survival - including the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol helps us respond to stress, enabling us to stay alert to threats and activate fight or flight in times of danger. This system worked perfectly back in caveman times, when life or death was dependent on the body's ability to respond to threats such as a sabre toothed tiger approaching.

Nowadays, this system has become somewhat obsolete, as our stress mostly stems from our fast-paced lifestyle and not an external threat. Underlying stress from work, what we eat and drink, poor blood sugar etc. all cause the release of cortisol. This can lead to your adrenals becoming overworked and fatigued - resulting in hormone imbalance, fatigue, inability to handle stress, anxiety and energy dysregulation. Potassium is essential for supporting adrenals and nursing them back to health when they have been overworked - so eating an abundance of fruit and vegetables is a fundamental step in stress management.

Our OnePots are packed full of vegetables and all the good stuff. So, not only are they a super tasty way to grab a quick lunch, they can also help your body and mind to cope with the stresses of life.

 

How’s that for Good Mood Food? 

Get your Good Mood Food here!

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Food to help you de-stress 🧠♥️

Food to help you de-stress 🧠♥️

Louis Butcher

We like to think of Soulful as Good Mood Food, but what does that really mean? 

We asked our nutritionist, Alicia, to explain the science behind our thinking and explain how eating Soulful could help  not only your physical wellbeing, but your mental wellbeing too.

Today, we’re talking pulses and lentils.

 

Not only are pulses and lentils a rich source of prebiotics and dietary fibre which keep your gut microbes nice & happy, they’re also excellent at regulating blood glucose levels
(AKA blood sugar levels). 

Consuming pulses and lentils in a meal helps to slow digestion and the release of sugars into the bloodstream, creating slow release energy and preventing a blood sugar spike and crash.

Having unstable blood sugar levels throughout the day is stressful to our bodies and causes the release of cortisol (our chief stress hormone), this prepares the body for fight or flight and stimulates the sympathetic nervous system.

 

Want to up the amount of pulses and lentils in your diet?

We’ve got you sorted!

 We pack our OnePots with lots of lentils and pulses as well as vegetables, whole-grains.

So, not only are they a super tasty way to grab a quick lunch, they can also help your body and mind to cope with the stresses of life.

 

How’s that for Good Mood Food? 

Get your Good Mood Food here!

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Good Mood Food 🧠❤️

Good Mood Food 🧠❤️

Louis Butcher
We like to think of Soulful as Good Mood Food, but what does that really mean?
Over the next few posts we are going to share some of the science behind our thinking. In other words, why eating Soulful could help not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental wellbeing.

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