6 Foods To Boost Your Mood
With the seasons changing, we are beginning to see the sun for longer and some of you may notice a change in your mood or health.
Typically we are outside more, everything comes back to life and that can have a positive affect on our mood. To further leverage this time of change, here are some fantastic foods to receive an additional boost in energy levels and mood.
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Mussels are one of the best food sources of brain-protecting vitamin B12 and this vitamin is particularly important for your mood. Maintaining healthy levels of B12 helps your brain to stay sharp as you age and prevents depression. Mussels are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to alleviate depression.
Research shows eating an ounce or two of dark chocolate every day for two weeks reduces stress hormones, including cortisol — and cortisol has a big impact on how well we manage stress, maintain a healthy body weight, sleep and a range of other happiness-related factors.
For a clear and alert state of mind, drink caffeinated black, green or oolong tea, according to a study in The Journal of Nutrition. Researchers think theanine, an amino acid present in these tea varieties, works to improve attention and focus. To maximize the benefits, the study’s results suggest drinking five to six (eight-ounce) cups of tea daily.
Did you know that peppers are made spicy by the molecule, capsaicin? The brain responds to the heat of capsaicin by releasing endorphins, neurotransmitters responsible for excitement and happiness. Peppers are a great choice to plant in your garden this year and a exciting addition to many recipes.
A mood-booster you can plant this year, watermelon is a great source of lycopene (even more than tomatoes). Lycopene helps protect vital brain fat and actually stops the build-up of pro-inflammatory compounds linked to depression.
Another locally grown favourite, beets are a great source of folate as well as betaine, which helps the brain to form natural antidepressants. Beets also contain uridine, which stimulates the production of phosohytidylcholine, one of the brain’s building blocks. Beets also contain pigments that detoxify the body and reduce inflammation.
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Although these may not be the usual items in the kitchen or garden, you should give these super foods a try. They will not only protect your brain and body to improve health, but give you the overall energy and mood boost needed to take on a new season full of potential!
If you have any questions about these mood boosting foods or want to get in touch, send me a message or leave a comment below!
Be healthy. Be happy.
Dr. Jen Forristal
Originally posted as a guest blog post for Rare Republic. Click here to see original article.