We all feel sad sometimes, hell I was sad a minute ago. Sadness and feeling bad is a part of our lives and happiness is one too. Unfortunately we feel the former more than the latter. Our mind and body sometimes work differently, while out body tells us to rest, our mind says that we need more work to do. Similarly when your stomach aches for a cheeseburger but your brain knows that you really shouldn’t be indulging on one.
However, what we choose to put in our mouths and What we feel like are interrelated to each other. A big mac or a big pizza pie will alleviate your bad mood, but long-term happiness is rarely achieved by them. Fortunately there are many foods that are scientifically proven to give you a serotonin boost. These foods are healthy and are guaranteed to make you happy. So add them to your diet to make every meal a happy meal.
This probably didn’t come as a surprise. Bananas are packed with potassium and also contain tryptophan that helps regulate mood. They are also a good source of Vitamin B folate and low levels of vitamin B has been linked to depression. Bananas are also a great carbohydrate source which will give you instant energy. So, listen to your mother and eat your bananas in the morning. Just 2 to 4 a day that will get you going.
It is watermelon season and what a great time to write about it. Watermelons are basically just water and are one of the best fruits to cool you down on a hot sunny day. The juicy and sweet bite of a watermelon doesn’t only make your taste buds happy. It is also capable of making you overall happy. The lycopene found in watermelon is responsible for making us happy. Watermelon also prevents aging of skin and has very low calories so you can fill up on it with no worries. It is also known to prevent build up of interleukin-6 which is linked to causing depression. Not only this watermelon is also shown ability to protect against various forms of cancer and to hep with infertility. It is a super food if I have seen one, so eat as many watermelons as you can this summer.
Berries have similar chemicals to valproic acid which is a prescription mood stabilizing drug. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries help with reducing inflammation which is known to increase depression.
This is the secret of bugs bunny’s cunning and physical ability. Remember when your mother used to tell you to eat carrots for your eyes? It is true that carrots do help in eyesight but it has other benefits as well. Like, it is beneficial for your mood. It is proven to contain great mood-boosting capabilities. It also has high amounts of vitamin C. So make sure to add carrots in your grocery list.
Everyone loves the taste of garlic and for good reasons. Garlic contains the mineral chromium which is considered as a natural Prozac because of its ability to regulate serotonin.
Dark chocolate has to be one of the best mood boosters out there. It is delicious, not fattening like milk chocolate and it is actually recommended to eat while trying to lose weight. Dark Chocolate is a good source of antioxidants and is also known to reduce the stress hormone called cortisol in your body. It also releases phenylethylamine which is a chemical your brain releases when you fall in love. So if you want to feel like in love then have a bar of dark chocolate.
Eggs are a whole breakfast and is probably what billions of humans have in the morning on a daily basis. They have mood promoting omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, B vitamins and iodide and they are packed with protein. This is a staple of any well-balanced diet. They also keep you well energized well after you have consumed them. Eggs are also high in choline which helps boost memory. The Choline is located in the yolk so chow down on full eggs from now on.
Everybody loves chicken and chicken also loves everybody. Whether it is making you lose fat or helping you alleviate the crankies. Chicken does it all and it does it with perfection. Vitamin B12 is found in Chicken which helps calm the body down. It also contains B6, Zinc and potassium, so hello superfood. Chicken breast contains the highest protein per gram ratio out there. So if you are on a fat loss diet try out the chicken. It will boost your mood and give you the six pack you always wanted.
Drinking 4-5 cups of green tea a day reduces psychological stress levels. I know that 4 to 5 cups are a lot of green tea but if you spread it out through out the day, it will give you an energy boost as well as a serotonin boost. The epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG has been linked to improving mood. So it seems like that the Chinese knew what they were doing.
Honey is a terrific super food, it is sweet but will not make you fat, it is a great energy booster if you need instant energy and it also improves mood. It has to be my favorite one on the list, I could eat bottles of it. It contains chemicals like quercetin and kaempferol which reduces inflammation, keeps your brain healthy and wades off depression.
No one likes decaf and for good reason. Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of depression. Whether it is black, cappuccino or a simple latte, make your mornings healthier and happier with a cup of coffee.
Eating cashews and walnuts can increase your brain function and they also contain omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain good amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, antioxidants and different vitamins and minerals that are necessary for your body. They are a good mood booster but just go easy on these bad boys.
Add all of these super foods in your diet and look at how jolly your co-workers find you.