Foods to Boost Your Mood
By Stepy Kamei
Good food is something that's always there for us, whenever we need it. If we're wanting to celebrate an achievement or life event, it's common to turn to our favorite foods in order to do so. Alternatively, we may find ourselves reaching for rich, fatty comfort foods when we're in need of some cheering up. Interestingly, it's true that not only do our moods impact which foods we choose, but the foods we eat can impact how we feel afterward as well! Studies have shown that some specific foods have the ability to improve the health of the brain and decrease the likelihood of developing certain mood disorders over time. Keep on reading to learn more about how and which of your food choices can impact your mood in a positive, or negative, way.
Salmon (and Other Fatty Fish)
Salmon and albacore tuna contain the healthy type of fat that's good for your brain. Specifically, they're loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been scientifically proven to improve brain health and reduce feelings of depression and sadness. Incorporate a fatty fish into your mealtime at least two to three times a week for best results.
Foods which have been fermented include tofu, kombucha, kimchi, yogurt, and sauerkraut. These foods are fantastic for improving gut health, which research has shown plays a role in how positive your mood remains as well. That's because, when healthy bacteria is allowed to flourish in the gut, the brain can more easily produce serotonin for an improved mood.
Good news -- dark chocolate is legitimately good for your health! Just be sure to choose dark chocolate, rather than milk or white versions. That's because only dark chocolate contains caffeine (for a quick mood boost), as well as N-acylethanolamine, which is known to improve mood.
Oats and Fiber-Rich Foods
Good old-fashioned oatmeal is a great choice when it comes to starting your day off right. It's full of important nutrients such as fiber, which can help you feel full for longer, but also can do wonders to boost your mood as well. Think about it -- if you're feeling full and not hungry, you're less likely to feel irritable and fatigued later on in the day.
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