It’s easy for some of us to indulge in sweets when we are stressed, frustrated or perhaps feeling hopeless. The immediate rush we get from these foods is satisfying, of course. But ultimately what happens is that you get a quick blood sugar crash that can often result in feelings of irritability afterwards.
Research shows that eating certain foods can improve your mood and overall well-being.
So we're sharing 5 power foods that will do just that!
Oats are an effective mood booster because of their low glycaemic index (GI) – they slowly release energy into the bloodstream, which keeps blood sugar and mood stable (as opposed to providing a rush that dips quickly, leaving you feeling more irritable). Oats also contain the mood-boosting mineral selenium.
2. DARK CHOCOLATE
Doesn’t chocolate always seem to make things better? Research shows that even a small square of dark chocolate leads to the release of endorphins and helps to boost serotonin levels. In a recent study, 30 people were given 40g of dark chocolate, over 14 days. The results showed that chocolate eaters produced less stress hormones and their anxiety levels decreased. So go ahead and have that piece of (dark) chocolate!
Berries are packed with a wide range of antioxidants and high in vitamin C, which helps cope with cortisol, a hormone that is released during times of stress.
4. NUTS AND SEEDS
Nuts and seeds are high in plant-based proteins, healthy fats, and fiber. They also provide tryptophan, an amino acid responsible for producing mood-boosting serotonin. Almonds, cashews, peanuts, and walnuts, as well as pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds, are excellent sources of this very important amino acid.
A diet that includes salmon can help keep your brain healthy and improve your overall mood. Salmon is one of the best sources of DHA omega 3. It is also high in B vitamins, protein, vitamin D, and potassium. Salmon also provides tryptophan which converts to serotonin (an important mood regulator) in the brain.