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Top 10 Foods to Boost your Mood

Mood Boosters
• Many mood boosting foods have a number of nutrients in common.
• Some foods that act as mood boosters may surprise you, such as spinach and salt.
• Foods that act as mood boosters can help you elevate your mood and combat depression, anxiety, and irritability.

1. Salt

University of Iowa researchers did a study showing that salt is a natural mood booster. Rats who did not receive enough salt in their diet were depressed, as shown by a refusal to engage in activities that they normally enjoy. Salt is bad in high amounts, but having an adequate amount in your diet can help prevent depression.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a mood booster for a number of different reasons. This cereal contains a lot of soluble fiber, and this will lower blood sugar levels and keep them down. This has the effect of reducing irritability and hunger. Oatmeal takes a while to empty from your stomach, and gives you the energy needed to get through the day without feeling tired or lethargic.

3. Salmon and Tuna

Both of these fish have a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and essential oils. These fats are used by the brain to produce neurotransmitters which help keep depression at bay, and to repair brain cells that are needed for mood elevation. Eating a diet rich in these fish will keep your mood elevated and prevent the blues.

4. Chocolate

This food is famous for beating depression and making you feel better. Chocolate is a food that acts as a mood booster because of the phenylethylamine it contains. Phenylethylamine stimulates the brain to produce serotonin, which is closely linked with mood and is a naturally occurring chemical that acts like an antidepressant in the brain. This is why women reach for chocolate during breakups and menstrual cycles.

5. Whole Grain Bread

Whole grain bread contains many essential amino acids, which are the building blocks and messengers for your brain. Without the proper amino acids in your diet the body cannot make the neurotransmitters which are responsible for mood and depression. Whole grain bread contains a wide variety of the amino acids that are needed to keep your mood elevated and upbeat.

6. Poultry

Poultry is a great food to help elevate your mood. These foods have high levels of tyrosine, which is an amino acid that helps elevate levels of two essential neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals are involved in the reaction time of your body, the motivation you feel, and possibly depression. Tyrosine can help boost your level of energy, and help your body cope with the effects of stress as well.

7. Bananas

Bananas are a terrific food to add to your diet if you want to elevate your mood. Many mood problems can be linked to stress and a diet that is missing essential ingredients. A deficiency in Magnesium can have a big effect on your mood and bring it down, so eating a banana can prevent a deficiency and keep you feeling good.

8. Shellfish and Seafood

Seafood and shellfish are mood boosters for a number of reasons, and one of the biggest is the Selenium that these foods provide. Selenium is responsible for the happiness that you feel, and can help you reduce anxiety and give you more energy. Stress can cause harmful hormone levels in your body, and Selenium helps counteract these.

9. Milk

Milk is a great feel good food, because of the calcium and tryptophan that it will give your diet. Calcium can help reduce your levels of stress and anxiety, and tryptophan helps your body produce serotonin which will elevate your mood. The next time you feel down try a glass of milk, and you may be amazed at the effect it has on your mood.

10. Spinach

Research has found another reason to eat your spinach, and it explains why Popeye was always cheerful. Spinach has high levels of folic acid and magnesium, and both of these nutrients are linked to mood. A deficiency of either of these nutrients can help cause depression and anxiety, as well as other harmful effects from stress.

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13 Responses to “Top 10 Foods to Boost your Mood”

  1. jane says:

    again same old list of products…I am surprised to see salt here though

  2. KC says:

    Shellfish boosts mood…eh…surprise ;) I am allergic to it anyway

  3. John says:

    what about coffee?

  4. Chris says:

    It was really so coool!

  5. Sam says:

    I found the list quite informative. Unfortunately there are a few items that I can’t eat like bananas, shellfish, and milk. I can definitely do the chocolate and salt. I didn’t realize an adequate amount of salt could be so helpful.

  6. Ernie says:

    I feel like they could have put just about any vegetable up there. It seems that each one has different vitamins and nutrients to keep the body going and your energy up. And normally if your energy is higher, your mood is as well. Oh… and coffee probably isn’t up there because of the caffine aspect, good for a small boost, but actually can crash you later.

  7. Jon Rhodes says:

    I think eating a good balanced diet of natural ‘clean’ foods really helps boost energy and happiness levels. I have recently been undergoing a fairly strict training regime, and have been eating very natural foods. The odd time I eat junk food I now feel terrible. I probably felt terrible before, but now I really notice it!

  8. Rhyan says:

    You’d think with all the chocolate, salt and poultry that I eat that I’d be the happiest person in the world.

    I guess I’ll just have to eat another candy bar.

  9. Mark says:

    I agree with Jon. Pretty much having a balanced diet of decent foods would help boost your mood. It seems like eating junk simply makes you crash and feel terrible. Just eat decent, natural foods and you will be fine.

  10. Nathan says:

    I started working out not too long ago, actually I just started running (or jogging for me). It seems like since I’ve started doing that I can actually FEEL what is better for my body easier. My highs are much higher, but I can feel the crash of junk food much faster.

  11. Pete says:

    Just like Nathan, I started working out as well. Since then I’ve started craving different foods like crazy. I thought it was just random. Now that I’m looking at this list, a lot of the foods that I’ve been craving had large amounts of these different foods in them. I wonder if my body is simply telling me what I need by my cravings. And here I though I was just being hungry randomly…

  12. Eli says:

    A combination of Omega and Uridine seems to have a mood lifting effect

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