20 Mood-Boosting Foods When You’re Feeling Blue

It’s quite common for us to turn to food when coping with our emotions whether it’s for stress relief, comfort or as a reward.  According to the experts, there is a dramatic connection between our diet and emotions – affecting our metabolism, hormones and neurotransmitters.

With that said, here are 20 mood-boosting foods to combat sadness, stress, anger, anxiety and all those negativities in life.

Foods rich in Omega-3:  Oily Fish (Salmon, Sardines, Tuna and Herring) and Flaxseed

Omega-3 is essential in maintaining the brain’s health.  These fatty acids build brain cell membranes, reduce brain inflammation and promote new brain cell formation.  When your brain is healthy and brain cells flexible, the brain’s messaging chemicals (neurotransmitters) can work more effectively, thus improving your mood.

Foods rich in Vitamin B:  Legumes, Nuts, Eggs and Leafy Greens

Vitamin B plays an important role in the production of Serotonin which is a natural mood stabilizer.  People suffering from anxiety and depression usually have low levels of Vitamin B that’s why supplements and Vitamin B-rich foods are recommended to prevent depeletion.

Foods rich in Chromium:  Onions, Lettuce and Tomatoes

Glucose helps fuel the brain and Chromium promotes healthy blood sugar, as well as increase serotonin.  So loading up on Chromium-rich foods is helpful if you are always tired and prone to mood dips.

Dark Chocolate

Speaking of Glucose, I’m sure you know that chocolates are natural pick-me-uppers.  However, nibbling on chocolate bars is not really good for your health.  Fortunately, there’s a healthier and better choice – dark chocolates (in moderation).  High flavanol cocoa improves blood flow to the brain and causes the brain to release endorphins and boost serotonin levels.

Foods rich in Tryptophan:  Red meat, Chicken, Turkey, Bananas, Oats, Cheese, Tofu, Beans and Lentils

Tryptophan is an amino acid that the body uses to produce serotonin.  It also helps secrete the hormone melatonin that regulates sleep.  As we all know, good quality sleep results to a better mood.

Brazil Nuts

These nuts are the best sources of selenium.  According to studies, there is a link between low levels of selenium and depression, as well as irritability, anxiety and tiredness.  Much on Brazil nuts or at sprinkle chopped Brazil nuts to your salads and stir-fry to boost your mood.

 

About Toni Marie

Toni is Senior Editor for BabyBoomerTalkBlog, as well as a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health. She is also the primary caregiver for her mother.

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