One of the plusses of modern living is there’s much more information available about how to handle depression. The stigma is finally lifting, people are talking about it and it’s easier than ever to take steps to feel better.
But what if you’re not dealing with clinical depression? Perhaps you’re just in a funk. Or maybe you’re simply feeling a bit blue.
In those cases, all you really need is a little lift.
Well then, the solution couldn’t be simpler. Grab your wallet and head to the grocery store.
Because it turns out those supermarket aisles are packed with affordable and delicious mood boosting foods that can raise your spirits.
Mood boosting foods to put on your menu
If you find yourself feeling frowny, go ahead and get some exercise and step outside into the sunshine for a bit.
But don’t stop there. Also try to work any (or all!) of these mood boosting foods into your diet.
It’s not your imagination. Eating chocolate really DOES raise your spirits. And I don’t know about you, but that’s a prescription I’d be more than happy to fill.
A study out of Switzerland found that eating 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day reduced people’s stress hormones, including the biggie cortisol. Just make sure it’s dark chocolate, because milk chocolate doesn’t deliver the same benefits.
As if you needed another reason to enjoy this delicious, rich superfood, you now have one. Experts say avocados can help us beat a case of the blahs.
Avocados are natural hormone balancers. That means they can help make sure your brain makes the right chemicals, in the right amounts, for you to feel your best. The funny looking green fruits are brimming with tryptophan. And their folic acid and vitamin B content help transform that tryptophan into the happy hormone serotonin.
3. Whole grains:
Blood sugar spikes and crashes can do a real number on your mood. But when your sugars stay stable—without those huge highs and lows—this helps to keep your brain chemicals and your mood in balance too.
Eliminate the heavily refined junk carbs that send your blood sugar into overdrive (and then crashing back down). Focus on whole grains instead.
Want to go even lower-carb? Make sure you get plenty of organic high-fiber fruits, veggies and legumes for the same mood boosting results.
That’s right, tucking into a simple chicken dinner can help boost your mood and raise your spirits. It’s thanks to the high levels of selenium in this mealtime favorite.
Several studies have found that low levels of the selenium can cause mood crashes and even depression. But keeping your levels topped up can help keep you on an even keel and drive the blues away.
Experts believe it works because of the way our brains process selenium. But whatever the reason, the results are the same: eating foods high in selenium, such as chicken, can help you find your happy.
Keep in mind, however, that with selenium more isn’t always better. If your levels are too high, it can cause mood issues too. So unless directed by a doctor the best source of this critical mineral is through your diet.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer black, green, or oolong tea, just drink up. Because it turns out all three can help you get out of that funk.
These delicious mood boosting drinks can help clear your brain fog that comes with the blues, while improving attention and focus. And that’s often all it takes to lift your spirits. According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, five to six cups per day should do the trick.
6. Shiitake mushrooms:
If you’re a mushroom fan, I have some great news. Delicious shiitake mushrooms could be the key to driving away the blues. Your brain loves ALL of the B vitamins. But researchers say B6, which shiitake’s are full of, can ease you into a better mood.
B vitamins help the neurotransmitters in your brain function properly. Plus they support the production of serotonin, the “happy hormone.”
Whether you’re really struggling with your mood, or just in a funk, your diet can make a big difference. Stock up on these tasty mood boosting foods, and start to feel better fast.
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