5 Foods to Boost Your Mood!
I have recently learned that there is a term being used to describe our diet here in America. Its M.A.D. or, the modern American diet.. Unfortunately this is not referenced in a positive light. Our overly processed foods and chemical saturated produce are just an arms length away in most cases. These options are messing with our natural chemistries and throwing off our mojo, causing us to feel grumpy and agitated. So enough of the gloom and doom! Let’s eat some brain food and boost our serotonin levels so that we can all start smiling again! Read on to find out what to reach for to feed your brain..
- DARK CHOCOLATE – Lets start with the good stuff right? Dark chocolate provides an instant boost in energy and concentration. Its important that you purchase the darkest or highest percentage of Cocoa you can find (and be sure its organic). It has been studied to promote blood flow to the brain and improve your mood.. not bad eh?
- GREEK YOGURT – Keeping your bodies calcium levels regulated will alert your body’s neurosynaptic transmitters to send out happiness. A disturbance in calcium levels can produce anxiety, depression and irritability. So the next time your are feeling unexplainably agitated, reach for a Greek yogurt and smile .. and make sure its the organic pasture raised variety. As an added bonus, you will also be receiving the tummy helping pro-biotic properties it has to offer as well.
- ASPARAGUS – This delicious plant containing tryptophan, which is known to boost mood regulating serotonin levels. It also contains high levels of folate, it has been discovered that people with depression may also be suffering from low folate levels. So add asparagus to your menu and discover one of the highest plant based tryptophan sources, it also is known to help your body break down alcohol which can result in reduced hangovers… that is something to smile about.
- SWISS CHARD – This leafy green is high in magnesium which is known to boost energy levels. Research says most American diets are deficient or low in magnesium. Good news is this hearty plant is easy to grow in your own garden. Give it a try!
- COCONUT- Coconut is chock-full of medium-chain triglycerides, fats that keep your brain healthy and fuel better moods. And although coconut is commonly found in high-calorie desserts, you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) stuff your face with macaroons to get your fix. My suggestion: Try throwing some unsweetened coconut shavings in your oatmeal, Greek yogurt or your next smoothie … mmmmm!
The message here is looking for foods high in folate, tryptophan, magnesium and B-12 as well as getting in your healthy fats and reliable sources of calcium will contribute to the “balance” within your body. So if your in a bad mood, be weary of reaching for a donut or any refined flour or processed food. Remember, your good mood starts in the kitchen!!
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