Women Fitness|May - June 2020
15 Mood-Boosting Foods:
We usually fail to realize that food we eat has a tremendous effect on our overall mood, health and well-being. What do you do when feeling stressed or feeling down? Head straight to the refrigerator or snack cupboard to consume everything in sight? You’re not alone. According to research by Harvard Health Publications, stress causes the adrenal glands to release cortisol – a hormone that increases appetite and may increase the motivation to eat. Start to stock your kitchen with healthier options that will not only perk up your mood but also help maintain your health overall.
Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, arugula, Swiss chard): Full of mood-boosting vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and folate (a water-soluble B vitamin). Foods with significant amounts of folate have been shown to increase serotonin levels, a mood-enhancing hormone whose levels are often too low in sufferers of anxiety or depression.
Avocado: Healthy fats found in foods such as avocado are essential for healthy cognitive functioning and may also help diminish symptoms of depression and anxiety. They are also wonderful sources of folate, tryptophan and omega-3, all of which are now believed to help improve feelings of well-being, reduce inflammation, and improve healthy brain function.
Dark Chocolate: Simply put, chocolate makes you feel good! Packed with antioxidants, tryptophan, magnesium, and high levels of polyphenols (especially flavonoids), dark chocolate (consisting of at least 70% cacao) has been linked to improved blood flow, less depressive feelings, and increased serotonin production.
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May - June 2020