Mood foods — foods that lift your spirit
Let’s talk comfort food. And no, not the kind you feel guilty about later. We’re talking real comfort food here. No pizza, no burgers, no cheese fries. (I know, sorry.) The thing with these kinds of ‘comfort food,’ they don’t provide real comfort. The best way to wallow in your self-pity is with a double cheeseburger by your side, am I right? Well, not exactly. Junk food just leaves you with a bloated stomach and a guilt trip as a side dish. Wouldn’t it be better to eat something that boosts your mood instead of making you feel worse?
Have you ever thought about why it is that you feel better on days you eat your fruit and veggies? These natural mood-boosters are full of vitamins and minerals. It’s not just good for your physical health. It also boosts your emotional well-being!
Here’s a list of the crown jewels of mood-boosters:
If you have low levels of magnesium, chances are you feel anxious and depressed for no reason. Magnesium is a calming mineral. It helps to regulate your nervous system and relax your muscles. Foods that are high in magnesium are leafy greens, avocados, and cashew nuts.
Zinc plays a part in your body’s response to stress. Zinc works like an antidepressant. Foods that are high in zinc, such as dark chocolate (yay!) and chickpeas, can help your body to fight off feelings of depression and anxiety.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Your body uses omega-3 to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin. Think of serotonin as your happiness chemical. When your brain produces serotonin, you’ll feel your happiest. Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are walnuts, salmon, and ground flaxseeds. Or just pop a fish oil supplement!
To get the rainbows and unicorns effect, you need to include these foods in your diet on a regular basis.