Mood Boost Monday: Foods that Improve Your Mood

Foods That Make You Happy!

This week’s Mood Boost Monday is devoted to mood boosting foods. Yes! There are actually foods out there that make you happy!

The secret behind the mood boosting munchies lies in their ability to release high  levels of endorphins – the brain’s feel good chemicals, which, in turn, naturally change your overall mood, attitude and outlook. Each food has a chemical makeup that reacts within to body to help improve your happiness levels.

Here are ten foods that boost your mood. Maybe add a few of these to next week’s grocery list.

Dark chocolate– eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed in a study done at Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland.

Strawberries- vitamin C boosts your immune system.

Ice Cream- Ice cream contains protein, which is made up of amino acids. The amino acids you get when you eat ice cream can affect your moods. Ice creams that are rich in protein increase the odds of boosting tyrosine levels in your brain. Tyrosine is a neurotransmitter that raises your dopamine and norepinephrine levels, according to the Franklin Institute.

Bananas-Bananas contain the important amino acid tryptophan and also vitamins A, B6 and C, fibre, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate. Mood-boosting carbohydrates aid in the absorption of tryptophan in the brain, and vitamin B6 helps convert the tryptophan into the mood-lifting hormone serotonin. This helps to boost your mood and also aids good sleep.

Salmon has omega-3s—a key mood-boosting nutrient and one our bodies don’t produce.

Nuts- Just one ounce of mixed nuts (raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts) was linked in a recent study published in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research to higher levels of serotonin in the bodies of people with metabolic syndrome.

Turkey- Eating turkey breast increases your intake of the amino acid tryptophan. The body uses tryptophan to make serotonin – one of the most important neurotransmitters affecting mood, as well as to make the hormone melatonin, which helps regulate sleep.

Mussels- mussels have Omega-3s too. These alter brain chemicals linked with mood—specifically dopamine and serotonin. (Low levels of serotonin are linked with depression

Oranges or Orange Juice- Oranges are packed with vitamin C, which brings high stress hormones back to normal levels more quickly. Vitamin C also helps lower blood pressure.

Sesame Seeds- the unassuming sesame seed is loaded with mood-boosting nutrients. Sesame seeds are on of the best vegetarian sources of zinc, a mineral that has been linked to depression and anxiety. One study found that zinc treatment lowered the depression and anger levels of young women. Other studies have suggested using the mineral as a treatment for depression.

 

Additional Edits by Daniayla Stein

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