3 Surprising Foods to Boost Your Mood

May 31, 2019

3 Surprising Foods to Boost Your Mood

Some foods can truly help improve your health. The foods you eat can affect your mood and energy. In this blog, we have outlined three particular foods that you can include in your diet to reap these benefits.

1. Fish

You might have known eating fish is healthy for you, but you might not know what is in fish that makes it healthy, like omega-3 fatty acids. This healthy ingredient is found in fish as well as plants. Omega-3's have also been linked in human clinical studies to provide support for your mood. Salmon is a great source of omega-3's that you may want to consider adding more of into your diet!

If you're not into fishy cuisine, you can find omega-3 fatty acids in other foods too. For instance, you can consume it with flaxseed, red kidney beans, and broccoli.

2. Turkey 

Although Thanksgiving is usually thought of as a rather unhealthy meal because of the large portions consumed, did you know that the star of the feast may actually be good for you? By eating turkey, you’ll be consuming tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps your body to produce serotonin.  Serotonin, also known as the "happy hormone," is linked to your mood. Turkey also contains B vitamins, such as B6 and B12, and the mineral zinc, which have also been linked to mood support.

3. Chocolate

Do you tend to reach for a chocolate bar when you're feeling down? We do too! Turns out there is a reason for that. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is known to help the body boost endorphin levels. In addition, chocolate is rich in antioxidants, iron & magnesium which can not only help support your mood, but also help in overall health.

Chocolate also contains flavanols, which are a specific type of antioxidants. These antioxidants are crucial to reducing damage to cells. Any damage to cells can lead to serious health issues. However, not all chocolate is considered to be healthy - many health experts suggest that dark chocolate is what you should try to reach for when you need that little pick me up, as it tends to contain less sugar and saturated fat than other chocolate.

Eating Foods that Benefit the Mind.

Fish, turkey, and chocolate are only some of the foods you can consider incorporating into your diet for mood support benefits, but there are many others. Feel free to comment below or to share this post on social media sharing your favorite healthy but mood boosting foods!   



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