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Choose Food for your Mood

person holding green and brown sliced fruitYour body is a machine. It might be made of flesh and bone rather than steel, but it works to very similar principles. A machine can only function for as long as it’s maintained and cared for. Just as importantly, a machine can only provide you output when it’s supplied with input. What you put into it is reflected by what you get out of it. The flesh-and-blood machine that is your body is no different.

We all know what it feels like to have a slump after our first coffee of the day, and most of us think that the best way to reverse the slump is to have another coffee or something with sugar in it. That’s almost never a good idea. Your body is not a game, where output and input aren’t related. You’ll get random output from the online slots at Leo Vegas no matter how consistent your input is. The only way you’ll get random output from your body is by feeding random input into it. If you consistently put mood-improving food into your body, your mood will improve. That way, the only thing you’ll have in common with any online slots player is feeling like you’ve hit the jackpot!

Although we live in a world of TV chefs and we’re all constantly told which foods we ought to be eating if we want to lose weight or stay in physical shape, we’re rarely told what food types lift our spirits and improve our mood. This article is an attempt to do something about that. Here’s a fine collection of mood-boosting foods, all of which ought to be available from any good grocery store!

Dark Chocolate

No, you’re not dreaming. Chocolate really can be good for you so long as it’s dark chocolate. Here’s a whole scientific paper explaining the benefits of cocoa flavanol as an anti-depressant. The sugar gives you a quick mood boost, but there’s more to it than just sugar. Dark chocolate also contains a compound called N-acylethanolamine, which has also been linked to improved mood during clinical trials. Dark chocolate actually improves blood flow to your brain, which will make you feel more alert and capable of performing at a higher level. Let’s not forget that it also looks, tastes, and smells fantastic – all of those are contributing factors when it comes to your state of mind, too! You can get some of these benefits from eating milk chocolate, but the milk adds fat and excess sugar. Stick to the dark stuff if you want a “clean” boost.

Eggs

“Start the day with an egg” might sound like the sort of advice your grandmother used to give you at breakfast time, but she wasn’t wrong. Eggs are the perfect breakfast food because of their high protein content, along with their substantial doses of vitamins B12 and D. There’s also a lot of choline in eggs, and choline does a wonderful job of supporting the functions of your nervous system. That produces neurotransmitters which, in turn, improve your mood. Frying them is the worst way to consume them, though. The best way to eat them is to hard boil them so you can carry them around with you all day as a snack, but scrambling and poaching them works too.

Avocados

If “eat more eggs” is a piece of wisdom that might have come from your grandparents, “eat more avocados” is the Millennial equivalent. Millennials are often ridiculed in the press for their love of avocados as an accompaniment to just about everything, but they’re likely to have the last laugh. A good, creamy avocado provides you with a lot of vitamins that you’ll struggle to find elsewhere unless you’re taking supplements. Avocados contain Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B5 and B6. B5 is vital because it’s used in the production of neurotransmitters. Aside from all these wonderful vitamins, you’re also getting a good dose of fibre! Keep eating your avocado toast and ignore the insults. You’re likely to live a longer, happier life than the people laughing at you.

Salmon

From a mood-boosting perspective, the purpose of eating salmon is to get omega-3 rich fatty acids into your body. In truth, you could get them from a variety of different fish, but salmon presents the best overall package. Your brain and nervous system can’t function properly unless they’re getting enough of these acids, and salmon provides them in high quantities. Some studies suggest that people who regularly eat salmon are less likely to be diagnosed with depression than people who don’t. The high Vitamin D content of the fish even works with the fatty acids to convert them into yet more neurotransmitters. The takeaway here is that the more neurotransmitters you produce, the better you’re likely to feel.

Turkey

We know that a lot of our readers don’t eat meat. We’re also aware that our meat-eating readers often feel like healthy eating guides exclude them because they don’t include any meat options. To those people, we say eat more turkey. No type of meat will give you quite as much tryptophan. Tryptophan is the basic foundation of serotonin, and it’s serotonin that puts a smile on our faces. That alone would be a good reason to eat it, but turkey also comes with a lot of zinc. Several clinical studies have suggested that zinc deficiency might be the root cause of some instances of anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.

Almonds

Almonds are the fastest and easiest mood booster of them all. Just grab a handful of them and throw them into your mouth every time you’re feeling a little blue. They’ll give you plenty of protein and magnesium to go with it. While you’re digesting them, they’ll also release plenty of Vitamin E into your gut, which is an antioxidant. Your brain relies on the introduction of antioxidants to combat the potential damage that can be caused by free radicals. Not only is your mood likely to be better, but your memory might improve too!

Most of these foods can be consumed as snacks and don’t even require cooking. That means they’re easy to take into work with you in a box or store somewhere convenient at home to grab whenever you feel the need. They’re only small, but the benefits they can provide can be huge. What do you have to lose by giving them a try? Make some minor changes to your diet, and you’ll be feeling better in no time!