Life is not without its challenges. Though many would argue that it is those difficult times that ultimately help to shape a person, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t tough to deal with. This can lead to being stressed, anxious, or depressed, and fortunately, there are things you can do about it. Going to counseling, removing negativity from your life, and taking steps to avoid or cope with whatever got you to this point are some solutions. However, one thing you may not have considered is changing what you eat.
When you think of diet, you may think of losing weight or preventing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Yet, what you may not be aware of, is that some foods can actually improve your mood. The right food choices can make you feel better from the inside out. Medical experts believe in the science behind this so much that diet changes are among one of the top sober life activities and lifestyle changes they recommend to rehab participants. The idea is that the foods you consume will provide the body with so many vitamins and nutrients that your brain is able to create neurotransmitters that transcend into a “natural high”.
Ready to start feeling better about whatever it is that has you down? Try adding these foods to your diet.
Avocado - No matter what medical condition you may be trying to improve, or what health goals you have in mind, you’ll find avocados at the top of the list. Known as a superfood, it is beneficial for everything from building healthy muscle and improving digestion to contributing to good heart health. Avocados have properties that help the brain to balance hormones which help to improve your mood. Avocados are great in salads, on sandwiches, as dips, and in smoothies.
Grapes - Grapes are a sweet treat. These tiny pieces of fruit are packed with antioxidants known as flavonoids which are known to help improve the mood. You can add grapes to a salad, eat them as a snack, or freeze them and suck on them as a replacement for hard candy.
Shiitake Mushrooms - A great replacement for meat for those considering a vegan diet, shiitake mushrooms have a ton of nutrients. This includes a vital mood-boosting vitamin known as B6. Responsible for the healthy production of serotonin and neurotransmitters, those with a healthy amount of B6 are known to have a more positive mood. You can add this meaty mushroom to sauces, sandwiches, stir-fries and more to get your daily dose.
Nuts - If you’re looking for a healthy snack packed with protein then a handful of nuts will do the trick. Nuts are hearty and tasty treats that aid the body in producing serotonin, the chemical responsible for helping you to feel good. Nuts are also great in salads, raw, or roasted.
Salmon - You can’t discuss brain health without discussing salmon. One serving of this fish contains twice the amount of B12 you need daily. Vitamin B12 is also vitally important for warding off depression and reducing stress. Salmon also contains fatty acids which help to stabilize your mood. There are a lot of salmon recipes you can add to your weekly meal plan to naturally improve your mood.
Most of us are aware that what we eat can have an impact on our weight and our risk of developing certain diseases. And now you know that what you eat can improve how you feel. If you’ve been feeling depressed, stressed, anxious, or you just want to have a more positive outlook on life, try incorporating these foods into your diet regularly to give your mood a happy, natural boost.