10 foods that will change your mood for good!
- Bananas – this great fruit is a good source of tryptophan which is an amino acid that affects brain serotonin synthesis (the happy chemical that flows in your body) and therefore is a great help in fighting depression. Other sources of tryptophan – cottage cheese & turkey.
- Berries – specifically strawberries and blueberries. Berries are equipped with a variety of nutrients, vitamins and other natural resources including the flavonoid anthocyanin that has been linked to a reduction of inflammation, which in turn is associated with increased depression.
- Green Tea – Green tea has a lot of ingredients that are great mood lifters. Polyphenols, which is responsible for its bitter taste, are powerful antioxidants that are responsible for not only preventing cancer and heart attacks but also, as recent research shows, help maintain positive mood. These chemicals can boost availability of dopamine that is crucial to creating positive mood states.
- Dark Chocolate – Cocoa is known to help the brain increase production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and tryptophan, which are responsible for boosting your mood! For best results, eat dark chocolate with 80 % or more cocoa.
- Salmon – this one of the richest sources of omega 3 fatty acids is great to help you with your mood and memory. These acids are present in the brain more than in any other part of the body and studies suggest they help lift mood, alleviate mild depression, and improve memory.
Other foods rich in omega-3 – Walnuts, flaxseeds, chia
- Quinoa and oats (and other complex carbohydrates) – Complex carbohydrate are great for keeping your blood sugar and energy levels steady, which helps you stay focused and keep the irritation away. Make sure you eat carbohydrates that are not processed and don’t lead to blood sugar spikes though.
Similar foods: millet, steel cut oatmeal or oat groats (not instant), brown rice, amaranth.
- Oranges – or any other citrus fruits or fruits loaded with vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin B as it has shown to ease depression, irritability, and low energy levels.
- Kale and spinach – Dark, leafy greens are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting phytonutrients. They also contain folic acid, which in deficiency is linked to depression, because it can decrease serotonin levels in the brain. Therefore, eating foods high in this B vitamin can overcome deficiencies, boosting your mood. Other foods to try: Other dark leafy greens and legumes, i.e. lentils or kidney beans.
- Coconut – Its high levels of triglycerides, fats that aid your mood and promote brain health, are a great mood changer. Make sure you eat the healthy coconut options though, the best ones are fresh coconut or unsweetened, natural pieces of coconut or coconut shavings.
- Avocados – now, it’s not really proven that avocados make people happy but you should see my smile whenever I have it. This is literally my favourite food in the world!
If you’re looking for other ways to boost your mood, check out this handy list I’ve made for you. What are your happy foods?