Food To Boost Your Mood
Rather than reaching for that carb and calorie-laden comfort food during isolation, consuming healthy mood-boosting foods can deliver important brain nutrients while positively impacting your well-being…
- Fish: Yup. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can result in substantial mental health benefits and protect from depression. Also good for cardiovascular health and brain development.
- Green veggies: Spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are a source of folate, which is essential for the body’s production of serotonin. Researchers say that those with depression consume less folate than those without depression.
- Probiotics: Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are good for keeping our digestive tract healthy, but recent research suggests that probiotics also play a role in reducing negative thoughts associated with sad moods.
- Whole grains: Oats, brown rice and whole wheat bread are rich in B vitamins, which are important for energy and optimal brain health. Their fiber also helps to keep blood sugar from spiking and leading to mood swings.
- Vitamin D: Egg yolks, fatty fish and fortified milks are not only good for bone health and immunity. Those with low vitamin D levels have been found to be more likely to be depressed.
- Dark chocolate: Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, a compound that may affect mood. It also contains healthful flavanols that have been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve cognition. It may also boost serotonin levels
- Coffee and tea: A study showed that both may help protect against depression. They are sources of caffeine, which you know can give you a lift by having positive effects on mood and alertness.
SOURCE: Health Line