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Good mood food
But before you go reaching for the ice cream, read on, because the good mood foods that really work focus less on sugar and more on vital fats and other nutrients. Indeed, according to the Food and Mood Project, eighty per cent of people reported a significant improvement in mood swings, depression and anxiety when they changed their diet to include some of the following key food groups.
Up your iron
Women aged between 24 and 35 are particularly susceptible to low iron levels. The result? Feelings of fatigue and lethargy. Introducing a small amount of red meat into your diet three to four times of week can help boost your ability to produce energy, therefore, and leave you with a sunnier outlook.
Boost your serotonin
Optimal levels of serotonin are important for regulating feelings of wellbeing, and it’s commonly referred to as the ‘feel good hormone’. Whilst an increasing number of people are deficient, eating foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan – which your body converts into serotonin – can help. These include avocados, chicken, eggs and wheat germ.
No, you don’t need to head to the beach for this one. Rather, grab yourself a sushi roll at lunch time and enjoy the health benefits of seaweed. As one of the richest sources of iodine, consuming seaweed is an easy way to up your intake of the mineral required to maintain optimal thyroid and metabolic function, both of which are crucial when it comes to maximising energy and mood.
Humans need essential fatty acids, but they cannot be synthesised by the body. This means we have to ingest them, and the best way to get your daily intake of the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids DHA and EPA is through your diet. A serve of Atlantic Salmon should be all you need, but if salmon’s not your thing, then any cold-water fatty fish or shellfish are good sources of DHA and EPA.
Opt for wholemeal
If you’re still eating white bread it’s time to make the switch. Regulating your blood glucose levels is imperative when it comes to maintaining energy levels and improving mood, so choose carbs that are low GI. That means brown rice, pasta and wholemeal or granary bread. As an added bonus, brown rice and oats are rich in vitamins B1, B3, B5 and B6, all of which are linked to optimal mental health.
OK, you can have some chocolate now
Experts say that dark chocolate – not the sugar-laden milk variety – can, in fact, lift your mood. The cocoa that comprises good quality dark chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic phytochemicals known for their positive health benefits.
How do you maintain your mood? Do you have any tips?
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