Our Mood and Diet

mood-diet

It is a struggle to keep a good mood with all the stressors in life. Money, work, family life and even hormonal imbalance can cause changes in one’s mood. However, people often miss the fact that a person’s food and diet play an important part in one’s mood.

There are certain food items that may bring down one’s mood or boost it. Here are some examples of food that will help boost one’s mood.

  1. Milk contains vitamin D which helps increase serotonin in the brain that can help boost mood. A glass of milk or non-dairy milk can help boost mood quickly.

  2. Nuts are packed with omega 3 fats that are known to prevent depression and boost a person’s mood. The top three nuts that contain the most omega 3s are pecans, walnuts and pistachios.

  3. Food rich in vitamin B can also help boost mood and prevent depression. Lack of vitamin B can cause fatigue, malaise and even anaemia. Examples of food rich in vitamin B are tuna, liver, bananas, legumes, potatoes and avocadoes.

  4. Turkey is rich in tryptophan which is an amino acid that stimulates production of serotonin and melatonin. Other food items that are rich in tryptophan are cottage cheese, lobster, soy and pineapple.

  5. Certain types of seafood are also rich in omega 3. Examples of which are salmon, tuna and herring which contains ample amount of omega 3 which will contain good fatty acids that can boost mood and can also benefit the heart.

  6. Chocolates can also quickly boost one’s mood. Chocolates trigger the brain to release endorphins which in turn triggers the brain to produce serotonin. It would be best to consume dark chocolate and only eat an ample amount to prevent sugar crashing.

  7. Oatmeal can also help alleviate mood and decrease moodiness. It is rich in soluble fiber that helps stabilize sugar levels in the blood and also slows down sugar absorption. Incorporating oatmeal to one’s daily diet can also be beneficial for those who want to lose weight as it helps in curbing the appetite.

  8. Food rich in soluble fiber help boost one’s mood for the same reasons indicated in number 7. Examples of food rich in soluble fiber are peas, beans, barley, strawberries, apples and citrus fruits.

  9. Caffeine can also give a quick buzz but too much of it can certainly backfire. It would be best to drink tea such as Earl Grey or Green Tea as it known to improve performance and increase one’s mood. However, if one cannot avoid drinking coffee, it would be best to limit it to one cup a day to decrease nervousness, irritability and hypersensitiveness.

These common food items can be regularly food in the kitchen and can be a great fix for a swing of bad mood. One can try a combination of such food items such as a bowl of oatmeal in the morning made with skim milk, topped with strawberries and walnuts. By doing so, one can do without any prescription mood stabilizers and make himself happy the natural way.

Dean Nason, a contributing writer for Hive Health Media, enjoys writing about topics ranging from drinking water and weight loss to natural remedies for the common cold.

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