5 Mood-Boosting Super Foods
by Fran of HeyFranHey.com
Do you find yourself feeling down often? Even when there’s nothing actually wrong? While it’s important to take time to reflect on personal relationships and the world around you, it’s equally as important to take note of the foods you’re consuming.
Two key factors affecting mood, when it comes to diet, are your blood sugars and your digestive tract. If you’re constantly consuming sweets and processed foods, your body will feel like a rollercoaster throughout the day, hitting highs and lows that make your mood unpredictable. If your digestive tract isn’t clear, you will feel tired and fatigued more often than not. Well-balanced meals full of nutrients, proteins and fiber will keep your blood sugars even and your body regular. You’ll notice a shift in your energy almost immediately! Here are five mood-boosting super foods to help you feel better:
Serotonin is a mood-regulating hormone in our brain. Asparagus is loaded with tryptophan, an amino acid that is extremely important in the creation of Serotonin. In other words, the more you eat asparagus, the more balanced your mood will be! Tryptophan also helps regulate sleeping patterns so it’s an awesome plant-based cure for insomnia. Additionally, studies have shown that people suffering from depression have low levels of folate. Asparagus has really high levels of folate, making it the top mood-boosting super food on our list!
Coconut milk and unsweetened coconut shavings are not only extremely tasty but also scientifically proven to make us feel better. Each serving is loaded with fats that are known to improve brain health, as well as fuel more positive moods. I drink coconut milk in my green smoothies, at least once a week. And the shavings are awesome as a topping over Greek yogurt!
Calcium is known to be somewhat of a remote control for the body, sending out neurotransmitters that control our natural “highs.” The more calcium in your body, the higher your levels of happiness are! Greek yogurt is loaded with calcium, more so than in milk or regular yogurt, so it’s the perfect go-to for those low moods. It’s also loaded with protein, which is known to positively affect energy levels as well as weight loss.
The skin on tomatoes contains a nutrient called lycopene that is extremely vital to brain health. Studies have shown that lycopene is capable of completely stopping one of the common compounds found in those suffering from depression. The reason cherry tomatoes are highlighted is because you’re most likely going to eat more of them in one sitting than you would a larger tomato. And the more skin you consume, the more lycopene in your body!
Saving the best for last, dark chocolate is a major mood-boosting food! Not only because it tastes delicious and comforts us, but also because it is scientifically proven to release endorphins also known as the “feel-good chemical” in our brain. On the plus side, it’s also great for heart health, as it has an anti-clogging effect on our blood, improves the flow and lowers blood pressure!
Courtesy of Transitioning Movement