Mood Boosting Food
Stress and anxiety plays a massive part on our health and well-being and there has never been a better time than now to try and calm the mind.
Here are a few suggestions of food which will help with the feelings of anxiety and stress which we are all going through right now:
1. Fatty Fish
Your body can't produce Omega-3, so you will need to get it from the food you eat.
Omega-3 is important because it contributes to the fluidity of your brain’s cell membrane and appears to play a key role in brain development and cell signaling. Put simply Omega-3 can reduce your risk of depression
Eat: Salomon, Tuna, Herring, Muscles, Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Pollock
2. Dark Chocolate (yay!)
The news we have been waiting for! Studies have show that dark chocolate may release a cascade of feel-good compounds that have been linked to improving your mood. It can improve blood flow to the brain, reduce inflammation and boost brain cells. Not forgetting the fact that the smell, texture and taste makes us feel good!
Eat: dark chocolate is better than milk as it doesn't contain the milk and sugar found in the milk chocolate
Up to 90% of your body’s serotonin (the happy hormone) are produced in your gut. A healthy gut may correspond to a good mood and some fermented foods are rich in probiotics that support gut health.
Eat: Greek yogurt is a good option, watch out for high sugar levels of some flavoured yogurts.
Are high in vitamin B6, which helps synthesize feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin making you feel good! When you pair a banana with fiber, sugar is released slowly into your bloodstream, allowing for stable blood sugar levels and better mood control. Blood sugar levels that are too low may lead to irritability and mood swings. Finally bananas are good for your gut health too!
Eat: Try smashing a banana on some brown bread for extra fibre and keep the tummy fuller for longer
5. Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are high in plant-based proteins, healthy fats, and fiber. They provide an amino acid responsible for producing mood-boosting serotonin.
Eat: snack on almonds, cashews, peanuts, and walnuts, as well as pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds. Brazil nuts, almonds, and pine nuts, are also good sources of zinc
A little bit of what you fancy never hurts, but aim to eat more wholesome foods and avoid over processed foods where possible.
During these times where many of us have extra time on our hands, dust off the cook book you had for Christmas and enjoy more home-cooked foods!