By eating several servings of fruits and veggies daily, along with lean meats and whole grains, you’re improving both your mental and physical health. Research has shown the certain foods can help reduce stress, anxiety, and may even fight depression. I’ve shared some of my favorites below.
10 foods that can help give you a mood boost:
Fruits and Vegetables
Studies have shown that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables are associated with lower risk of depression. Folate, a B vitamin found in citrus and dark green vegetables like Kale, affects neurotransmitters that impact our mood.
I know many of us are aware that dark chocolate can boost our spirits but do you know the science behind why it is such a powerful mood booster? Scientists believe we have the antioxidants in dark chocolate to thank for reducing stress hormones, including cortisol (which causes belly fat), in people who are extremely stressed. So, if you’re having a chaotic week, grab a piece of dark chocolate and just chill. Your waistline will thank you for it too.
Bananas are rich in vitamins and minerals like B6, and Tryptophan. All of which raise serotonin levels helping to boost our mood. Bananas also have iron, which is crucial for producing energy and fighting fatigue.
This superfood is rich in essential fats. These fats have shown they not only enhance our feelings but also help fend off depression.
Egg yolks are rich in Vitamin D, and several studies have shown Vitamin D can relieve mood disorders and stimulate the production of serotonin in the brain.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and L-theanine all of which have been shown to reduce stress, ease anxiety and produce a boost in our mood.
Carbs tell our body to produce more serotonin, AKA the “happy hormone.” By producing more serotonin from complex carbs, your blood sugar levels out, which will also help to stabilize your mood.
Avocados are nature’s hormone balancers; they help our brains retain the correct serotonin levels; which in turn keeps us feeling great.
Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, including quickly absorbed ones like EPA and DHA. If you were to pick one food to include in your diet for mood-boosting, I highly recommend salmon.
Yogurt has two main elements that can help with mood enhancement: calcium and beneficial bacteria’s. There is a clear connection between gut health and mood. Before buying yogurt, make sure it says, “live active cultures” or it will not have the needed mood-boosting elements.
It is imperative to look for foods that are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, eat a healthy diet, and most importantly, listen to your body.
Here’s to your mood boost!
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