Even if you can't control the weather, there are a few easy ways to put a spring in your step even on the dreaded morning commute. And it starts with your diet. Research has shown that the foods we eat have an impact on mood, proving you really are what you eat.
A regular plateful of mussels contain trace nutrients that are important for balancing your mood. These include zinc, iodine, and selenium, which keep your thyroid – your body's master mood regulator – on track.
Ever wondered why Popeye was so cheerful? It might have been all that spinach-eating. Spinach is packed with magnesium, a nutrient essential for the biochemical reactions in the brain that boost energy.
Grass – Fed Meat
Animals that have been raised on grass pastures contain much higher levels of healthy conjugated linoleum acid (CLA). This happy fat stops stress hormones protecting our brain cells.
Serotonin is commonly known as a ‘happy hormone’ produced to control our mood, emotions, and sleep. Asparagus is full of the stuff.
Try a drizzle of honey on top of yoghurt or in herbal tea. It contains quercetin and kaempferol that clean up the free radicals and reduce nasty inflammation which is super important for a slim physique and a healthy brain.
Another serotonin-boosting ingredient is vitamin B3, which can be found in avocados. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which don’t necessarily produce serotonin directly but have been linked with brain health and function and mood regulation.
Nuts & Seeds
Eating raw, unsalted seeds and nuts, such as flax (or linseed), hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame are helpful.
An egg a day may just keep the blues away. Egg yolks not only contain choline – which “has been shown to be required for mental acuity and outlook, but are also packed with L-tryptophan, known to boost those happy hormones.
Eating a portion of salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, or trout two to three times a week is recommended. Fatty acids help to keep our brains stable.
Antioxidants of all types are required to combat the deterioration of cells and to enhance blood flow. Vegetables – particularly leafy greens – have antioxidant effects.
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