Do you have a lack of energy? Feeling depressed? Angry? Whether anxiety has gotten the best of you due to stresses at work, your mood has been up and down because of a rough day, or you maybe have hormonal issues, certain foods can help you with all of these problems. Rather than going for an unhealthy snack such as fried food or potato chips, try some of the following mood boosting foods!
Omega 3’s in Flax, Fish, and Walnuts: Any kind of fatty fish (such as tuna, albacore, herring, etc.) contains an abundant amount of omega 3 fatty acids which provide a host of health benefits including the protection and promotion of brain cells and tissue. Research has shown that omega 3’s also contribute to serotonin production (aka the neurotransmitter that increases happiness). If fish isn’t your thing, both walnuts and flax also contain omega 3’s as well.
Whole Grain Foods: Whole grain pasta, bread, and rice are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates which also contribute to elevated levels of serotonin. Complex carbs also provide glucose to the brain which is an essential form of energy used in most functions of the brain. Whole grain foods usually have an abundance of vitamin B as well, which has been shown to lower depression and irritability levels.
Caffeine: Everyone knows what happens when you suddenly stop using caffeine. It has an effect on your mood and can also cause other problems such as headaches and tetchiness. So to try and minimize these negative side effects try switching to decaffeinated products.
Folate: Also known as folic acid, folate is known to improve overall cognitive function and even lower the risk of various brain sicknesses such as alzheimers. Foods like cereals, breads, beans, peas, bananas, oranges, nuts, kale and spinach are all said to have a high content of folate.
Choline-rich Foods: Otherwise known as vitamin B4, choline is needed by the brain in order to successfully create acetylcholine. This production of the brain enhances muscle control, behavior, and memory as well. Broccoli, fish, dairy, cauliflower, peanuts, meat products, wheat germ and egg yolks are considered to be choline-rich foods.
Keep in mind that nutritional variation will greatly help the various functions of the brain, including keeping your mood balanced. Eating varied foods such as vegetables, grain, fruits and proteins is an excellent way to regulate the health of your brain. Remember that balance in your diet is vital!