Now that it’s December, it’s time to start thinking about how to improve your overall health and maintain your mood. During the colder months, many people may experience feelings of sadness and depression due to weather changes and a lack of sunlight.
As an essential part of human well-being, food can lift your mood, or it can make you feel sleepy, bloated, heavy, without energy, etc. Also, research has shown that certain foods can help you sleep better and improve the overall health of your brain. So, which foods should you choose?
Let’s find out which ten foods can improve your mood and what ingredients to incorporate into your diet to help boost your happiness and energy this winter season!
Bananas are rich in fibers and vitamin B6, which is in charge of so-called feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin. Therefore, if you are looking for a natural way to boost your mood, one banana can help.
It has additional health benefits, such as improving your gut and helping to keep sugar levels stable in your blood.
Why do you think so many people start their day with a cup of coffee? Coffee can improve your mood, but only if you stay within recommended doses. So don’t drink large amounts.
A cup of coffee increases dopamine and norepinephrine release in your body. It can make you feel awake and improve the overall feeling of happiness and satisfaction.
The good old humble lentils are not only low in calories, affordable and delicious but are also a source of B vitamins.
B vitamins and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which lentils are full of, have a significant role in mood regulation. So, try to find as many recipes with lentils as you can!
If you aren’t a big fan of lentils, use beans in your meals. They have a similar role to lentils because of high folate and vitamin B levels.
Folate plays an essential role in the nerve cells’ communication and production of certain neurotransmitters. The low folate levels disrupt these cells, related to depression and prolonged feelings of sadness.
Next time you feel blue, instead of opening a bag of chips to comfort you, use nuts as a snack. They have so many benefits on your overall health, including mood-boosting properties and a positive effect on your brain health.
Almonds, peanuts, and walnuts, and other nuts are excellent sources of healthy fats, fibers, and minerals that maintain mental health.
You might not enjoy the taste and smell of sardines, but they can make you feel better. This is because sardines have high levels of Omega 3-fatty acids, which are excellent for your brain and emotional control. In addition, they help boost dopamine and serotonin!
A pickle per day keeps the social anxiety away! Jokes aside, there is scientific evidence that fermented food, including pickles and yogurt, helps you control social anxiety, which can be a true mood-breaker.
Berries are rich in antioxidants that help treat mood disorders and help create a balance in your body. Additionally, the pigment that gives berries the rich purple color has been associated with up to 39% lower risk of depression.
Oats are rich in iron and fiber. Not only do the oats keep you full and energized, but they are also associated with mood improvement. Because oats keep the sugar levels in your blood stable, oats help you control your mood and irritability.
The iron in oats can help treat iron-deficiency anemia, leading to increased anxiety and mood disorders.
10. Dark Chocolate
When you are in a grim mood, skip the fast food and unhealthy sweets. Instead, take a bar of dark chocolate, and let flavonoids from it improve your mood!
Next time you crave junk food to comfort you, take something from the list and enjoy the positive effect on your mood and brain health. Then, include as many foods from the list in your diet and take care of yourself!
What is your favorite comfort food? Would you consider replacing it with something from the list?
Please share your thoughts on the list in the comments!
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