10 Foods to Boost your Mood
Although greasy processed foods may make you feel good in the moment, we’re pretty sure that you don’t feel so great afterwards. Eating fresh foods can help to boost your mood, which is why we’ve decided to list some of our favourites.
The creamy texture and many nutritional benefits have made avocados super popular in recent times. This superfood contains natural hormone balancers that ensure your brain is making the correct chemicals to keep you happy and healthy. Avocados are a fab source of folate, this helps to create new cells and supports serotonin regulation. Serotonin is a chemical that has numerous functions in the body, it passes messages between nerve cells and helps the brain to manage a variety of functions. Serotonin is thought to help regulate your mood which is why it is known as the ‘happy chemical’. There may be a link between depression and serotonin levels, although it is unknown whether depression causes serotonin levels to fall.
This fruit contains lycopene, which gives watermelon its vibrant colour. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight inflammation in the brain and can boost your mood. It also contains the amino acid citrulline that helps to open up blood vessels and boost blood flow to the brain, which aids your brain cells to function more effectively.
As well as being a perfect go-to snack, nuts are also loaded with serotonin. They are also packed with antioxidants and healthy fats.
This oily fish may be one of the best foods to boost your mood! This is due to its large amount of omega-3s, which has been proven to have antidepressant qualities as well as improving brain health and lowering the risk of heart disease. Wild salmon contains magnesium, this mineral helps to treat depression and can ease muscles, nerves and our minds. This oily fish also contains heaps of vitamin B12, which helps to build new brain cells. Low levels of vitamin B12 can lead to depression, aggressive behaviour and restlessness.
Potassium? Check. Energy Boost? Check. Bananas have heaps of benefits- and the fact that they boost your mood is even more of a reason to shout about! This fab fruit contains the amino acid tryptophan as well as vitamins A, B6 & C, fibre and iron to name a few. Carbohydrates that boost your mood aid in the absorption of tryptophan in the brain, and vitamin B6 assists in the conversion of tryptophan into the ‘happy chemical’ serotonin. As well as boosting your mood, serotonin also aids sleep. Tryptophan’s ability to boost your mood means it has been used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia.
These small seeds contain the amino acid tyrosine, which helps to boost the brain’s dopamine levels. This helps to boost your body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals as well as balancing your others. We use sesame seeds in lots of our dishes, such as Asian Roasted Tofu with Wholewheat Sesame Noodles and Asian Chicken with Wholewheat Sesame Noodles.
This veggie helps to regulate your serotonin levels, which helps to reduce pain and maintain a calm state of mind. Garlic also contains chromium, which may help to reduce depression.
This one is for all the chocoholics out there- dark chocolate is healthy for you! It is high in magnesium, which helps to reduce anxiety and calm muscles. It contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, which promotes the release of endorphins from the brain. Dark chocolate also contains tryptophan, which helps reduce symptoms of depression.
This leafy green is loaded with folic acid, a B vitamin that helps to boost your mood.
This veggie contains antioxidants that help to protect your brain cells from free radical damage, which can potentially lead to low energy levels and mood swings. Get your fix of spinach by trying our Indian Chana Masala, English Roasted Beetroot Salad or The Moroccan.
Containing B12, a vitamin that helps to calm your body, consuming chicken may help to boost your mood. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces the mood-boosting serotonin. Lots of our dishes contain chicken including The Mediterranean, Spanish Chicken & Jamaican Jerk Chicken.