Summer allies for physical and mental well-being at the table

With the arrival of summer and the change of seasons, food becomes a valuable ally in supporting our mood and cognitive abilities.

Recent studies have shown that gut health plays a crucial role on our minds, more so than previously thought. Certain foods, especially of plant origin, possess properties that can contribute to maintaining a good physical and mental well-being when accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and physical activity.

In order to improve our health and better face the upcoming summer holidays, Babaco Market, the 100% Italian e-grocery service that fights against food waste, has collaborated with Serenis, a digital platform for mental well-being, to create a practical 'AliMental Diet' manual. This manual will guide us in facing daily challenges and enjoy the summer to the fullest, even during the hottest days.

The deep blue berries are rich in anthocyanins, molecules with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Anthocyanins promote healthy neurons and synapses, improving cognitive function. Therefore, indulging in a good portion of blueberries is a great choice for protecting the brain.
This versatile vegetable and kitchen essential contains folate, which can help reduce symptoms of depression and promote sleep. Folate prevents the accumulation of homocysteine, which can adversely affect the production of hormones related to good mood. In addition, onions contain pectin and inulin, prebiotic fibers that promote good digestion and contribute to healthy gut microbiota.
Native to southwest Asia, spinach is a valuable source of magnesium, which promotes relaxation and reduces fatigue. It is also rich in potassium, surpassing even bananas, and contains lutein, an antioxidant that helps prevent age-related cognitive decline.
Besides being sweet and fragrant, melon is a summer fruit that offers health benefits. It contains a good amount of potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure and the risk of cerebrovascular problems. In addition, melon is a significant source of vitamin A, which supports the proper functioning of the brain, memory and learning processes.
The citrus fruit that symbolises Mediterranean warmth and sunshine can have positive effects on mood by increasing the release of noradrenaline. In addition, the lemon is rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce stress and can help protect nerve cells from damage caused by cortisol.
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