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Boost Your Mood With These 9 Foods & Drinks

22.10.2014

October is emotional wellness month – so what better opportunity than now to give you a quick run down on the top 9 foods and drinks to boost your mood and put that bounce back into your step.

 

 

 

 

Brazil Nuts   

Selenium is a mineral that has been shown to be lacking in those with depression, anxiety and tiredness. Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium – you simply need to eat 3 brazil nuts a day to get your recommended daily amount, simple!

 

Sardines      

Sardines are packed with omega 3. Now here’s a quick fact: Eating a diet high in omega 3 will keep your brain health and improve mood by keeping brain cells flexible. These omega 3 fatty acids are found in a range of oily fish, including mackerel and salmon – so once a week we suggest swapping the meat for a light and tasty fish dish!

 

Oats   

Oats have a low glycaemic index, which in turn gives you a slow release of energy, enabling you to maintain a steady blood sugar level and therefore stabilise your mood. We previously mentioned the benefits of selenium earlier on, oats contain this wonderful mineral too, bonus!

 

Lentils   

Lentils are mood stabilising and also inexpensive. They are a complex carbohydrate, increasing the brains production of serotonin and levelling out your mood. Simply swap your pasta or rice when cooking an evening meal and cook a pan of lentils instead. Easily integrated into many of your meals, lentils have the ability to compliment many flavours and ingredients.

 

Yoghurt   

Yoghurt contains both Vitamin D and calcium, both of which have been shown to be properties that boost mood and lessen the levels of stress and anxiety. Try and stick to natural yoghurt and add your own flavours using cinnamon, berries, nuts or seeds, or perhaps a dash of honey if you’re after that sweet kick. This will be far more beneficial to your health that the sugar laden fruit yoghurts we commonly see.

 

Chicken   

Eating chicken with increase your intake of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that our bodies use to boost our levels of serotonin, serotonin has been well publicised to help boost our mood. Chicken is highly versatile and can be used in conjunction with many flavours and ingredients to give you that real energy boost and mood levelling affect.

 

Spinach   

Spinach is full of B Vitamins which are highly important when it comes to our mood. When we are low in B Vitamins, our bodies become less efficient at producing serotonin, low serotonin levels have been linked to cases of depression. Spinach is great base for a quick and easy salad but also easily incorporated into many hot evening meals.

 

Dark Chocolate   

Quite simply, the darker the better, helping your body to release endorphins and boost your serotonin levels. A single square after your dinner is enough to help reduce you stress hormones and anxiety levels – so savour and enjoy!

 

Water   

Your mood level will vary hugely depending on how hydrated or dehydrated you are. Water is responsible for transporting all nutrients in the blood that we use for energy, as well as getting rid of waste build-up that can lead to fatigue. Without water, our bodies are unable to function to their full potential and will therefore leave us feeling depleted and low in mood. If you are easily bored of water, simply add a wedge of lemon or lime and a sprig of mint for that refreshing pick me up your body craves.

 

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