Beat the January Blues by adding these 5 Mood Boosting Foods to your diet.
1.) Oily Fish.
Fatty acids make up a large percentage of our brain tissue. By eating salmon, mackerel and sardines regularly will keep your brain healthy and improves your mood by keeping brain cells flexible, so the brain’s messaging chemicals neurotransmitters can work more effectively.
2.) Spinach and Kale.
Vitamin B Deficiencieshave been linked to depression, as serotonin production can actually be hindered by low B vitamin levels. The VitaminB to look out for should include folate, vitamins B3, B6 and B12, and eating leafy green vegetables such as spinach or kale will help keep your levels up. These dark leafy greens are also full of iron, which also helps us produce energy. The more energy we feel often leads us to feeling happier and more productive.
Beries are rich in flavonoids, which helps regulate mood and improve memory and also reduces inflammation. Research as shown that increased inflammation in the body can cause depression
This health boosting nut is full of magnesium, fibre and Vitamin E. As an antioxidant, Vitamin E can help combat free radical damage in the brain and has been shown to improve memory and cognition.
5.) Dark Chocolate.
Dark Chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that create feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate also contains serotonin, an antidepressant that can elevate mood.Studies have shown that chocolate can improve mood and cognition, plus it’s a rich source of antioxidants, iron and magnesium that can help us relax. Make sure you consume quality dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content.