Mood-Lifting Foods You Should Add To Your Diet
Updated: Feb 26, 2021
The secret to being happy may just lie in the food we eat.
We know by now that we are what we eat. And what we eat can have a direct impact on our mood. Some foods make us feel sluggish and even moody, while others can leave us feeling good. Nutrition-packed foods can not only improve our health and energy level, but also our mood and overall well-being.
Here are a few mood-lifting foods you need to add to your diet if you haven't already.
Packed with heart-healthy fats and nutrients like vitamin E, selenium, potassium, magnesium and more, nuts like almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts are a healthy snack to reach for. Energy balls contain a mix of nuts, dates, and other ingredients loaded with nutrients, so swap that packet of chips for a handful of nuts or a packet of energy balls instead!
Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries can help in cell renewal and delay ageing, as well as fight against inflammation and oxidative stress. (Vitamin C also keeps our skin looking youthful and radiant!) Toss a handful into your yoghurt, salad, dessert or have them as a snack.
Beans and legumes
Packed with the things your body appreciates, including magnesium, potassium, iron, folic acid, fibre and protein, beans and legumes can help prevent inflammation and keep things running smoothly. Add them to your diet in soups and stews, salads, and even stir-fries.
Feeling blue? You need a boost of serotonin, also known as the happy neurochemical responsible for maintaining your mood and keeping depression at bay. Put that pep back in your step with some oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel or trout. These oily fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that raise serotonin levels. The more of it you have in your system, the better armed you are against the blues!
Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli and kale are a fantastic source of magnesium and vitamin A, which helps fend off illness and manage stress. If you just can't bring yourself to eat your greens, incorporate them into your diet by having them in a sandwich or pizza, or blend them up in a smoothie.
Our bodies require probiotics, the good bacteria found in our gut that keep our digestive system healthy and regulate our mood. Fermented foods such as kimchi, yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and certain cheeses (gouda and feta) are probiotics powerhouses, so add a side of these to your meals to keep your digestive system running smoothly and fight off infections. If you’re on antibiotics, it’s especially essential to load up on these foods as they can help to replenish the good bacteria in your body.
If you love your avocado on toast, good news. Avocados are chock full of healthy fats, fibre, amino acids, vitamins and minerals that not only help to boost your mood, but also reduce inflammation while boosting your metabolism.
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