Food: it fills us up and makes us feel all good inside. Sounds about right, right? Well, that “goodness” we feel is not just in our head. In fact, some foods have been proven to elevate our gloomiest of moods. So, when you start to feel a bit crabby or even bummed out, try one of these delicious treats to boost your mood naturally:
Ever feel like your going to flip your s**t? Close the door, shut your eyes and enjoy a banana. Bananas contain Tryptophan, an amino acid shown to improve our mood and promote relaxation. Our body needs Tryptophan in order to produce serotonin and melatonin which promotes sleep and a stable mood.
Egg Yolks are full of the ultimate mood booster: Vitamin D. Studies have found that low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to depression. If you are looking to consume more Vitamin D, try egg yolks. One yolk contains about 37 IU (International Units) of Vitamin D. The recommended daily intake of Vitamin D depends on your age but many agencies recommend between 600 IU and 5000 IU per day. Be careful to not consume too much egg yolk since it is high in cholesterol! (A few hours in the sunlight is another great way to absorb Vitamin D!)
Eating just 1.4 oz of this yummy goodness a day has been proven to lower the levels of the stress hormone Cortisol, while stimulating the production of endorphins. Sounds too good to be true? I think not! Try looking for the organic brands that aren’t filled with chemicals or crazy amounts of sugar. A few suggestions? Green & Black’s, Theo, and Chocolove are all yummy brands!
If you can’t live without your oatmeal in the morning, there is a good reason why. Oats contain magnesium, which has been shown to calm nerves while relaxing tense muscles. Since magnesium is so wonderful at helping us relax, it helps us fall asleep! The oat choices in the supermarket are endless so keep your eye out for steel-cut oats since they are less processed than our typical “brown sugar and cinnamon” oatmeal packs.
These delicious mollusks are full of DHA (Omega 3) and Vitamin B12. DHA maintains our normal brain functions while supporting a positive mood. Just 3 ounces of mussels contains 430 mg of DHA. 430 mg!! The recommended dose? Just 200 mg/day! Vitamin B12 takes part in producing the chemicals that affect our mood. Low levels of Vitamin B12 are linked to depression, poor mood and memory loss. Oh and did we forget to mention that mussels contain high levels of Selenium, another nutrient proven to boost moods?
Much like oats, this lovely green leaf vegetable is full of magnesium, a nutrient that has been shown to have a positive impact on depression. Swiss Chard is also full of folic acid, a vital nutrient that is seen as a “natural mood booster”.
If you can’t start your morning without your cup of joe, don’t stop now! Caffeine has been proven to boost our mood and our brain functions. In fact, women who consumed 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee a day, decreased their risk of developing depression by 15%! Drink up, java heads!
So, there you have it folks! We are all just one meal away from happiness! Dig in! 🙂