Who doesn’t want to know how they can improve their mood swings? The answer is right here, Food! Yes, that’s right food affects every aspect of our health, from our skin to our mood. What goes into your diet even affects how well your brain functions!
There are certain foods which have a particularly beneficial effect on your mood. Before you indulge in an unsatisfying processed ‘treat’ here are some scientifically proven mood lifting foods which may be much better options.
Turkey is very rich in a particular amino acid called tryptophan. This is used in the production of serotonin, which is one of the biggest mood-boosting chemicals that your body makes. Turkey also contains melatonin, which is very important when it comes to getting enough sleep. Turkey is for life, not just for Christmas and Thanksgiving!
Much like turkey, asparagus aids the body with its serotonin production, due to a high level of tryptophan. Higher folate levels can also boost your happiness and help prevent depression; you can find plenty of folates in asparagus.
If you don’t already start your day with a bowl of oats, maybe you should! It releases its goodness into the bloodstream very slowly – not only does this mean that you’ll have lots of energy to keep you going throughout the day, but it will help to keep your sugar levels steady too. Your mood will benefit from it, as you won’t experience that crash and come down that you’d get after a quick sugar rush.
There are countless reasons why leafy green vegetables such as spinach are good for you. Its properties are amazing for the skin and it contains plenty of B vitamins. This all-important vitamins help keeps your serotonin levels up, so help to keep depression at bay.
There are so many different things that you can do with sunflower seeds, so it’s really easy to introduce more into your diet. You can use them anywhere from baked in bread to adding them to a tasty snack covered in chocolate; the possibilities are endless. The best thing about sunflower seeds is that they are rich in Omega-3, which gets your brain working at top speed.
This unusual type of seafood is one of the best sources of vitamin B12 on the planet. Why is this so important? It protects your brain, meaning that it will continue to fire on all cylinders for as long as possible. Mussels also contain a whole host of other vitamins and minerals which your thyroid needs to keep you happy and energised.
Simple yet sensational, yoghurt is particularly a healthy food.Its a dairy product after all! However, it’s the calcium levels which are really important. Some yoghurts contain more calcium than milk! Low levels of calcium can cause irritability and depression, so by eating yoghurt and keeping your calcium levels topped up, you’ll keep your mood up, too.
Oysters are well known for the aphrodisiacal properties, but that’s not where the good stuff ends. Eating oysters would do your brain a world of good, for two main reasons. Firstly, they contain tyrosine – an amino acid which increases brain efficiency. This is enhanced by the amount of zinc in oysters, which is necessary for brain function and energy levels. As you can see, oysters can make you feel good in more ways than one!
Bananas have a whole lot of benefits, more so than the fact that they are packed full of potassium. When you’re stressed your potassium levels fall, so eating a banana will keep you calm and chilled out. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re very low in calories, so they can keep your conscience happy as well as your mood!
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to hear that chocolate makes you feel great! It actually releases endorphins, which give you the feeling of happiness. It’s best to eat chocolate in moderation and to opt for some with a high percentage of cocoa. With only a small amount of dairy, it’s practically a vegetable!