There was a time when no one thought that there could ever be any link between food and mood. However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests otherwise. Even fats which were once thought as downright unhealthy have been shown to induce sleep, calm the body and reduce the perception of pain.
If you have depression, stress or anxiety, Quick Rx Refill gives you some of the healthy foods that you can add to your diet to boost your mood.
Who doesn’t know chocolate makes people happy? What you probably did not know is that science can now explain how it works. Eating chocolate, especially dark chocolate, stimulates the brain to release endorphins which, apart from reducing the perception of pain, trigger a positive feeling in the body. If a recent study carried out in Switzerland is anything to go by, chocolate also reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body, including cortisol. In the study, 30 highly stressed individuals recorded low stress-hormone levels after taking 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate daily for two weeks.
Oily fish like sardines, tuna and salmon contain omega-3 which has shown to increase dopamine and serotonin levels. Dopamine and serotonin, together with endorphins are called happiness hormones for their mood-boosting effects. If you need any motivation to take oily fish, suicidal tendencies, aggression and depression are closely linked to low levels of serotonin.
Bananas are crucial to any diet because they are rich in fiber, mineral ions and vitamins A, B6 and C, and carbohydrates. They also contain the tryptophan amino acid which is crucial in the production of serotonin. Tryptophan is also used to treat insomnia.
Lean poultry boosts the mood in two ways. Firstly, it increases the absorption of tryptophan which is used to secrete serotonin. Secondly, it contains amino acid tyrosine which can either prevent depression or help depression victims recover.
Lentils are carbohydrates that help the brain secrete serotonin, and the more serotonin in the body, the better for your mood. Another important role that serotonin play is the stabilization of blood sugar level which evens out the mood.
Apart from taking foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and those that will boost serotonin and dopamine levels, the other class of food that will help your mood are low glycemic foods. Oats have a low glycemic index which means that they release energy slowly into the blood, keeping the blood sugar and the mood stable. Oats also have selenium, a known mood-boosting mineral.
Low levels of vitamin B in the body can inhibit the production of serotonin leading to depression. Therefore, eating leafy vegetables rich in vitamin B such as spinach cannot be overstated.
Cereals are rich in calcium which has demonstrated a high ability to fight both stress and anxiety. If you feel stressed, taking cereals for breakfast can be a great way to start your day.
If you want to boost your mood, taking care of your brain cannot be overlooked. That is where oysters come in. Oysters have high levels of zinc which are crucial for brain health. In fact, many depression victims have shown to be zinc-deficient.
It is important not to underrate the role water plays in body function. A slight hint of dehydration is enough to destabilize the physical and the mental wellbeing of the body. One to two liters may be enough for a day.
This list illustrates that the kind of food you take has a say in what you feel. The solution to your terrible mood, stress and depression may be a change of diet.