Delicious Mood-Boosting Foods To Add To Your Diet

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It’s no mystery that what you eat affects how you feel. Ever wonder why you feel so sluggish when you eat junk food? It’s like putting the wrong fuel in a car -things just don’t run properly. If you’re feeling depressed or have a low mood, changing your diet may help significantly. Try eliminating processed junk food and add the following foods to help boost your energy and mood.

Probiotic-Rich Yogurt

Many recent studies have confirmed the link between gut bacteria and mood, so if you’re feeling low energy or depressed, you may want to add probiotics to your life. Probiotics help balance gut bacteria and stave off the bad bacteria that is linked to depression. So, go ahead and whip up a yogurt smoothie or parfait! Not only will it be delicious, it will help give you a much-needed energy boost.

Dark Chocolate

 

Yes, dark chocolate is healthy -in moderation, of course! Dark chocolate has been shown to help the brain release serotonin. It also helps relax the cardiovascular system and contains a hefty dose of antioxidants. If you’re feeling down, add some dark chocolate to your life.

Omega Rich Fish

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Fish like wild caught salmon, tuna, anchovies, and mackerel contain brain boosting omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Omega fatty acids help protect the brain from deterioration as well as improve circulation.

Beans & Lentils

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Beans and lentils contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin, which then creates melatonin. Melatonin is what helps us relax and sleep at night. While it may seem counter productive to eat something that induces sleep when you’re in a low mood, it can actually help boost how good you feel.

Whole Grains

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Whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat, and sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates and are excellent for boosting energy and helping the brain release serotonin.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is the most researched plant on the planet. It has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and research was recently released that showed it can be  as effective as pharmaceutical grade anti-depressants such as Prozac. Turmeric has incredible anti-inflammation properties. Inflammation has been shown to be a significant factor to low mood and depression, so it’s no wonder that turmeric can be effective in boosting mood and fending off depression.

Green Tea

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Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants and contains the amino acid, theanine, which has a relaxing, destressing effect on the body. Unlike coffee, it helps boost the mood while still keeping you calm. If you’re feeling depressed, try green tea instead of coffee.

Walnuts

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Like fish, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect the brain and improve circulation, boosting mood and energy.

Eggs

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Eggs, particularly their yolks, are very high in vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to energy and a balanced mood. Ever noticed how you get more tired and low in the winter time? That’s because during the winter months there is less sun. Sun is a source of natural vitamin D for our bodies and if you’re not getting it from your diet or sunshine, your levels can get quite low. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 40% of people are vitamin D deficient. So, if you’re feeling low, eat some eggs -or just pop a vitamin D supplement!

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Mandy Ellis

Mandy Ellis is a certified nutritionist, journalist, traveler, and endless adventurer. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, AOL, Fox, and many others. When she’s not wanderlusting, she’s usually spending time with her French bull dog or hitting the yoga mat.

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