We all have days when we feel low and a little under the weather. Most times it is because things didn’t go our way or the way that we had imagined. It’s even worse when you cannot control the situation or what happens next. On such days, the smallest thing can easily blow out of proportion. We tend to over-react and be overwhelmed by our emotions. What you have to remember is that it’s a bad day and not a bad life. No matter how big your problems are, they shall come to pass.
They say “garbage in, garbage out.” Although this saying was originally intended for computer systems, it applies to human beings as well. What you consume has a great impact on how you feel. The irony is that most time our ‘comfort food’ consists of sweet sugars and fatty foods that are unhealthy.
Instead, here are a few healthy foods that you can consume to boost your mood and energy.
Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be produced by the body, and therefore we have to obtain them from our diet. Fish is a very good source of this component. There are also dietary supplements, but preferably you should eat foods such as salmon and tuna. Research has shown that Omega 3 has the ability to lower the levels of depression in a person. If you are not a big fan of fish then you can opt for the dietary supplements. This will help to boost your mood and uplift your energy. Lifestyle: 6 Immune Boosting Foods You Should Eat More
- Green Tea
Green tea has numerous benefits. Aside from its antioxidant properties, I’ve also heard people who say that it’s an instant cure to a hangover. It contains an amino acid called L-theanine. Studies have shown that L-theanine increases dopamine production, thus causing an antidepressant effect and enhancing cognitive function. 9 reasons why tea is good for you!
- Dark Chocolate
If you’re looking for a good reason to eat dark chocolate, here’s one. Dark chocolate can boost your mood and elevate your energy levels. It releases a flow of feel-good compounds, such as caffeine that makes you more alert and energetic, theobromine which stimulates feelings of contentment and happiness, and N-acylethanolamine which boosts a person’s mood.
Yoghurt improves the health of your gut and is able to boost a person’s mood. Probiotics are good bacteria that are found in yoghurt. According to a study conducted at the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition, this bacteria may decrease inflammation in the gut. The bacteria also increase levels of tryptophan, an amino acid involved in the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin has been associated with feelings of well-being and happiness.
There’s no doubt that certain fruits have a very refreshing feeling. They make you feel healthy and improve your well-being. Now research has proven that there’s an inverse relationship between fruit consumption and the risk of depression. Fruits have the ability to lower levels of depression and boost a person’s mood.
Oranges, lemons, mangoes and all fruits that are rich in Vitamin C are stress-buffers. The vitamin allows the body to quickly clear out cortisol which is a primary stress hormone and thereby preventing blood pressure from spiking in response to stressful situations.
Mushrooms have numerous benefits. Among these is their ability to improve a person’s mood. Here’s how. Reishi mushrooms are a popular anti-anxiety remedy, helping to regulate cortisol (a stress hormone) levels and thereby promoting calm and ease.
Cordycep mushrooms help to increase oxygen absorption of the body which is vital in the creation of energy. Chaga mushrooms have also been linked to benefiting to a person’s mental health. They have a normalizing effect on the body and act to help improve resistance to stress.
I haven’t met many people who like oats, but if you create recipes and include fruits, they are extremely delicious. Oats are often taken for breakfast, and now research has proven that they can make you feel happier and more content. They have a low glycaemic index, meaning that they release slowly release energy into the bloodstream, which keeps blood sugar and mood stable.
This is a good thing because, on the other hand, sweets give you a “sugar rush” which dips quickly and thereby leaving you feeling irritable. They also contain a mood-boosting mineral called selenium.
As you may know, nuts generally give satiety value. According to Healthline, nuts like almonds, walnuts, and cashews have high calories and abundance of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. These nutrients can provide you with a slow release of energy during the day and therefore boost your mood. They also have vitamins and minerals such as manganese, iron, B vitamins, and vitamin E which increase energy production and decrease tiredness.
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