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?