What Are Mood Boosting Foods?

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

What you eat has a huge impact on your mood. There’s a significant association between nutrition and mental health. Research shows that eating whole, natural foods nourishes the mind and can help achieve a healthy, happy mindset. We’ve all felt sad and been down in the dumps. As food plays an important role in our well-being, the question arises - can you perk up your mood naturally? What are specific mood-enhancing foods?

8 foods that elevate your mood and boost your spirit

Let’s find out the outstanding power of mood-boosting foods:

Eat Breakfast

1. Chia seeds: These minuscule black seeds are powerhouses of large amounts of omega 3. They also contain calcium, potassium and magnesium which optimize brain functioning. Our brain loves omega-3 fatty acids! They can have an impact on the maintenance of healthy brain function and can help keep you happy. It’s an excellent idea to begin your day with a bowl of porridge dusted generous with chia seeds or blend the seeds in to your smoothie.

2. Nuts: : Munching on a fistful of mixed nuts is hands-down the best snack ever! Nuts are brimming over with zinc. A deficiency of this vital mineral is known to trigger – gloom, depression, difficulty with learning, irritability, and aggression. Including nuts in to your daily diet boosts your zinc supply and elevates your mood appreciably.

3. Chickpeas: Chickpeas, known as kabuli chana, are loaded with zinc, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, and phosphorus. All these can greatly enhance your mood and help battle depression. The most noteworthy is vitamin B6 - which converts tryptophan into the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin. Serotonin can dispel gloom and drastically boost your mood.

4. Spinach: Eating spinach can help keep your serotonin levels high and improves your mood substantially. Jump-start your day with a chilled paalak smoothie, or have a bowl of paalak shorba or gorge on yummy paalak paneer!

5. Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is dubbed the ‘’sunshine hormone’ and rightly so! Research shows that a low level of Vitamin D is associated with depression. Eggs are a great option. Integrate them into your diet regimen.

6. Bananas: Bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan as well as plenty of vitamins B6 and C. Carbs help in the absorption of tryptophan into the brain, while vitamin B6 switches tryptophan into serotonin - the ‘mood-lifting’ hormone. Serotonin makes you feel happy and also facilitates good sleep.

7. Lentils: There are good-quality proteins in pulses along with complex carbs and vitamins B and C. They increase the manufacture of the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter serotonin, which provides mood stability. The proteins and complex carbs stabilize your blood sugar levels, which in turn keeps you feeling happy and satisfied and makes sure you do not get into the hangry mode.

8. Chocolate: Chocolate can significantly improve your mood! Research is suggestive of the fact that dark chocolate can take the edge off your anxiety and sadness and significantly elevate your mood. It is packed with magnesium and powerful antioxidants and it helps increase serotonin levels in the body; thus acting as a mood booster! Of course, it is essential to eat it in moderation, but when you’re feeling blue, go right ahead and have a piece of that sinful dark chocolate or sink your teeth in to a chocolate covered strawberry!

These mood foods help enhance your mood radically and diminish feelings of gloominess and anxiety. Psychological, emotional and mental health problems afflict a large number of people every year; however, with a healthy diet and regular exercise you can battle mood swings and boost your spirit!


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