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MOOD BOOSTING FOODS.

Posted by: | Posted on: January 17, 2020
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Mood is an emotional state. In contrast to emotions, feelings, or affects, moods are less specific, less intense and less likely to be provoked or instantiated by a particular stimulus or event. Moods are typically described as having either a positive or negative valence.

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If you’re looking for ways to turn a bad mood around, here are some foods to improve your mood:
  • Bananas.Bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, fibre, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate.Mood boosting carbohydrates aid in the absorption of tryptophan in the brain, while vitamin B6 helps convert the tryptophan into the mood-lifting hormone serotonin.
  • Eggs.Eggs contain a number of nutrients that can help boost your overall mood, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and B- vitamins. They also contain an important amino acid called cysteine, which has been linked to improvement of bipolar disorder and depression.
  • Dark chocolate.Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure.It also contains serotonin, an antidepressant that can elevate mood.
  • Spinach.Spinach, chard and other dark leafy greens contain magnesium, which can positively impact serotonin levels and boost your mood.
  • Brazil nuts.Brazil nuts are one of the richest foods in the mineral selenium, which is responsible for maintaining mood and preventing depression.Those who are deficient in this mineral have a tendency to be more irritable and hostile and more likely to feel anxious.
  • Salmon.People who eat omega-3-rich fish tend to have a lower risk of depression and a more positive affect, which is defined as how much you experience positive moods and feel joy.Salmon also contains vitamin B-12, which helps produce brain chemicals that affect mood.
  • Avocados.If you’re feeling sad, anxious or fearful, avocado could help to put you in a better mood. Avocados are a good source of folate.Folate deficiency may be behind irrational fears and anxiety.They are also rich in omega-3, which is also good for the mood and brain health.
  • Lentils.Lentils are a mood-boosting food loaded with the B vitamin folate, which is needed for the production of serotonin (neurotransmitter and happy hormone).They are also high in fibre, making them a low glycemic index food or complex carbohydrate.
  • Berries.Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all high in vitamin C, which helps cope with cortisol, a hormone that is released during times of stress.

 

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