One universal truth that cannot be debated is that change is inevitable. Things are constantly changing, shifting, and moving. Our lives are like waves going through ups, downs and being still at times, somewhere right in the middle. In addition to trying meditation or yoga, reading, or whatever may relax you, eating certain foods can also help your mood. During a clinical trial called SMILES researchers split 70 participants diagnosed with depression into two groups. Both groups had poor diets and group one regularly met with a support group while group two only changed their diets to healthier foods. The conclusion was that the healthier eaters showed fewer symptoms of depression than the other group.
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Coconuts are a great source of protein. They can help reduce the feeling of fatigue and increase alertness by providing the body with an energy boost. You can cook with coconut oil, drink the water, or even apply it after a bath to be absorbed by your largest organ.
Spinach is packed with antioxidants and Vitamins B and K which can help increase the amounts of serotonin in the brain, which helps to regulate our mood.
Blueberries are great as a waffle topping or in your favorite smoothie or oatmeal. They are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemicals that help regulate mood and improve memory.
Salmon, tuna, herring and many other types of fish have omega-3 fatty acids. Because our bodies don’t naturally produce Omega-3’s, it’s so important to get it from another source. Omega-3’s help balances out our brain chemicals related to mood and can aid in reducing anxiety.
Just when you thought you had to feel guilty about your love of all things cocoa, think again.
Researchers have found that eating dark chocolate a few times a week helps reduce cortisol levels which is a stress hormone.
#6 Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts have high amounts of the mineral selenium. Selenium in the body helps maintain a balanced mood. The more deficient you are, the higher your chances are of anxiety and stress.
The beautifully colored spice has been used for hundreds of years in tea or food to help as a mood lifter by increasing serotonin, which helps you feel good.
Agreed!! I especially like the versatility of blueberries- you can use them in so many ways and freeze