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.
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.
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.