If you want to feel calmer and happier, here are 10 “Good Mood Foods” which are scientifically proven to help you to feel more balanced in mind, body and spirit. Read on…
A lot of people when anxious or depressed reach for food. I used to be one of these people.
I’m a recovered stress eater – who developed a bestselling video course, called Stop Emotional Eating, which is helping many thousands of people to stop emotional eating.
I believe: No matter your problem, the answer is not in the refrigerator.
But if you are feeling stressed a lot lately…there are some foods which have been scientifically researched to make people feel calmer. Or help with depression. Of course you have to eat them in moderation.
Here are 10 Good Mood Foods
1. Leafy Greens
Kale, spinach and swiss chard are rich with mood-moderating magnesium – which help to influence those pesky mood-controlling neurotransmitters in your brain.
Plus these greens are high in folic acid. And studies report sometimes depression is linked to a deficiency in folic acid.
Blueberries and blackberries are low in sugar. Plus they’re loaded up with fiber. And reported to help prevent the release of “cortisol,” the famed stress hormone.
Berries are also blessed with both antioxidants and “anthocyanidins” – known to boost brain function.
Salmon is famous for having omega-3 DHA and folate – all of which is reported to help to decrease symptoms of depression.
Plus, salmon is a yummy source of Vitamin D, which can help with seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.).
4. Green Tea
A nice relaxing cup of Green Tea is rich in L-theanine, which is reported to have a calming effect on the brain while also improving mental focus.
Note: In my newest book Instant Calm I explain how to do a calming “Green Tea Ceremony” – which improves daily mindfulness and balance.
Dates have a happy ratio of tryptophan versus phenylalanine versus leucine – all of which help to increase serotonin levels which help to create a happier brain.
6. Citrus Fruits
Oranges, grapefruits, clementines, mandarins – all of these citrus fruits are juicy with folate – which is a B vitamin reported to be a good mood enhancer.
Plus they are blessed with Vitamin C – report to reduce the stress hormone, Cortisol.
Shellfish is a good source of Vitamin B-12, which, when deficient, is report to create feelings of fatigue, irritability and depression.
Basically, B vitamins in general are considered to be anti-stress fighters.
Studies report that even being mildly dehydrated can hurt a person’s mood, energy levels and mental function.
Try to start your day with 8 ounces of water – and by the end aim for 8 glasses.
9. Dark Chocolate
Many studies report that dark chocolate helps to reduce stress hormones.
One quirky study reported that after subjects ate chocolate they were more likely to volunteer to help another person!
Dark chocolate is a sweet which might help you to feel more sweet!
However – you can have too much of a good thing! Please only eat dark chocolate in moderation!
Bananas are blessed with tryptophan plus Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and potassium – all of which makes this fruit a true good mood food.
Plus, bananas are also reported to help with sleep.
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