Eating Healthy for a Better Mood
By Stephen R. Farris
There's no doubt about it, we all have days where we wake up in a bad mood. It could be from a restless sleep and our energy is just plain zapped from tossing and turning all night. It could also be from not being able to shut down our brain because we're constantly thinking about work, or something else that may be bothering us in our lives.
Usually, the first thing we end up doing is turning to food to try and get us going or to comfort us during those trials of moodiness. And usually, it turns out to be the wrong types of foods we end up consuming. In some cases, it may make matters a little worse by giving us a guilty feeling, especially if you're trying to stay healthy and fit.
However, there are certain foods that can reverse those feelings of moodiness and can actually put us in a better mood.
Consuming foods with omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon, tuna and a few other types of seafood, have been clinically shown to help reduce depression scores. While the research is limited thus far, it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot. If anything, it could be good for your diet.
The Darker, the Better
No, I'm not talking about a scary, dark room, but rather something that most everyone indulges in, especially on Valentine's Day and during the Christmas season. It's chocolate! Consuming dark chocolate heightens the senses in a way that can cause the release of certain compounds that boost your mood. I know when I consume chocolate of any variety, I'm always in better spirits.
Everyone seems to go bonkers over bananas, or so it seems. According to research, it may certainly be true. Bananas not only contain potassium, but also Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 acts like a trigger, stimulating neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin to give you that Dr. Feelgood effect.
Researchers are still somewhat baffled as to how consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower depression. What they have been able to do is tell us that by including berries in our diet, we can alter our mood in a more positive manner due to the antioxidants they contain.
There are many other types of healthy foods we can eat that have positive impacts on our mood. So the next time you're feeling down, forget the doughnuts and grab something a little more healthier to eat. Chances are, you'll feel good about your choice almost immediately!
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