Recently we wrote about depression, in the article Beat Depression without Prescriptions using Natural Alternatives and what we can naturally do to help ourselves. Today, we will extend that article and focus on the 6 mood-boosting foods that are known to help with this affliction.
The previous article was geared more towards lifestyle changes and natural therapies. We touched on some diet changes, so we figured we would expand on this with six more options.
It is essential to focus a little more on food and diet because what we put into our body has a lot to do with how we feel. As the old adage goes, “Garbage In, garbage out!”
I’m sure you have heard the famous quote from Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Before running to doctors, spending money on therapies, and experts, think about Hippocrates and the truth of this statement. Nature has given us all we need to heal ourselves; we just need to do a little research.
Research shows that ingesting the right foods often can shift your mental state, tame your stress, reducing anxiety and fighting off depression.
I hope you enjoy and experiment with these additional options!
6 Mood-Boosting Foods
Dark chocolate helps with brain function and improvements in mood. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Dark chocolate has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression. Just think about it, what is the first thing you reach for when you’re down? Chocolate!
To get the most out of your chocolate, always look for a minimum of 60% cacao. Also, try to make sure that the ingredients are limited to 1 or 2. Limit any added sugar, as this adds to anxiety and depression. Always try to get organic cacao.
Try to stay away from commercial chocolates. We won’t name any, but you know which ones we are referring to.
Fatty Fish (High in Omega 3s)
Sardines, tuna, halibut and mackerel are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to have many benefits, and it just so happens that fighting anxiety and depression is one of them.
Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory by nature, which is extremely beneficial.
These fatty fish also have effects on our dopamine and serotonin production – very important neurotransmitters that allow us to feel happy and calm.
The recommended consumption of fish is around two times per week for the most benefits. As a pescatarian, this may be fine, but if for those of you on the vegetarian train – omega 3’s can be found in chia seeds and flax seeds.
Avocados are full of magnesium and B6, which helps the production of serotonin in the brain.
Not to mention they are another source of healthy fats and extremely anti-inflammatory due to their high content of omega3. They are also a great source of magnesium, which is known to temper anxiety and stress.
Spinach, chard, collard greens, kale to name a few, are loaded with magnesium. As mentioned above, magnesium is excellent at regulating serotonin levels, which in turn, boosts mood. Magnesium is known to help reduce anxiety and fight off depression.
Fermented foods are a great source of prebiotics. Although they do contain probiotics, more studies have shown that those probiotics are only used during the fermentation process to create the final product. Contrary to what we have all been told, we are not really getting those probiotics, but rather the prebiotics. Prebiotics feed the bacteria in our microbiome (colony of bacterias in our intestinal tract).
Surely you have heard of the research that is showing how our guts and brains are connected. They have even gone as far as calling our guts the “second brain.”
“I think that is a rather impactful statement!”
Look for fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, lassi and kefir. Fermented foods help to keep your gut working properly.
Blueberries are incredibly beneficial when it comes to brain-boosting benefits. They have incredibly high levels of antioxidants, and vitamin C. Studies have shown that the high level of flavonoids in the blueberries help improve memory, regulate mood and protect the brain from aging.
Blueberries are also very high in resveratrol, which has become a star in the vitamin industry. Resveratrol, found in wine, is a powerhouse when it comes to mental health and anti-aging.
We hope this article has shed some light on the previous article with regards to foods that can benefit you. So please, feel free to indulge and have fun with it. Diet is very important when it comes to mental health, but mindset/attitude are as important.
It’s all about balance and moderation.
To your health, happiness and personal wealth!
Please note that all opinions here are strictly opinions and for informational purposes only. They are not to be used as a replacement for medical opinions and should not be used as the only metric for diagnosing any medical condition.
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