What you eat undoubtedly has an impact on your mood. Most of us have experienced that awesome feeling after eating healthy all day. And most of us have also experienced that not-so-awesome feeling after eating junk all day. Food is fuel, and if you put quality food in, your body and mind respond accordingly. Physical and mental health and wellbeing are so intertwined that if one is lacking, the other probably is as well. Nutrition plays a big role in mental wellness, so here are some foods that can impact your attitude for the better!
Whether they are fresh or frozen, berries pack quite a health punch. All of those antioxidants do a body good, and according to research, blueberries even contain a compound that boost memory and mood. So try getting more of these in your diet. Start the day off right with a fiber-rich, mood boosting smoothie, or even throw some fresh berries on a lunch time spinach salad.
Nuts in the Raw
Instead of picking up a can of mixed nuts with tons of extra oil and sodium, keep raw nuts handy for a quick snack. Raw nuts like walnuts and almonds have omega 3 fatty acids, which have a proven impact on mood and even depression. In addition, raw nuts contain tryptophan which is converted to seratonin – one of those awesome feel-good hormones – in the body. Last but not least, raw nuts have lots of essential minerals like zinc and magnesium. Deficiencies of these nutrients are linked with depression, so keep your levels up to par by noshing on nuts.
By now, you have probably heard dark chocolate being touted as a super food. And rightfully so. The antioxidants in dark chocolate play a role in fighting harmful free radicals in the body. Dark chocolate also contains polyphenols which help regulate blood sugar. Last but not least, dark chocolate triggers a release of mood-boosting endorphins, and reduces the presence of the stress hormone cortisol.
Protein Rich Foods
Unlike carbohydrates which release quick energy, protein sustains energy longer and helps you avoid a crash. This has an effect on mood, because you remain more engaged and energized when you have adequate protein in your diet. Opt for leaner proteins like chicken or tofu, and incorporate fish in to your diet as well for an added omega 3 boost. If you like beef, try and get the grass fed stuff as that is healthier for your heart.
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