Try these 5 healthy foods to boost your mood when you’re next feeling low
If you’re an otherwise healthy adult, your mental well-being isn’t often at the forefront of your mind when you think of what to eat for your next meal or snack. But, as the Mental Health Foundation found, your diet is greatly associated with your mood, with over half of people who don’t report daily mental health problems saying they eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Additionally, mental health charity Mind, states that maintaining a balanced level of blood sugar is key to avoiding negative low mood states.
Eating junk or convenience foods can cause a temporary spike followed by a swift crash in blood sugar levels, and so are not recommended, particularly when you are already unhappy. With that in mind, try these 5 healthy foods to boost your mood when you’re next feeling low:
1) Dark Chocolate
Woohoo! Chocolate made it onto the menu! Eating dark chocolate causes the brain to release the ‘happy chemicals’, endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins block pain as well as provide pleasure, telling us when we have ‘completed an activity to satisfaction’. Just one square will do!
Bananas contain an amino acid which converts into mood-boosting serotonin in the brain. Serotonin can also be converted into melatonin, the sleep hormone, so bananas are also a great option to promote restorative sleep, too.
3) Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are high in selenium, a mineral which has been linked with depression and anxiety when it’s levels within the body are low. Selenium is also vital for the process of metabolism and may reduce the risk of some cancers due to its antioxidant qualities.
Although this isn’t a food, dehydration can affect concentration levels as well as cause headaches, anger and fatigue. 2 litres of water per day are recommended but some of this will come from food consumption too. Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day for optimum health.
Spinach is full of B vitamins and low levels of B vitamins has been linked with depression. B vitamins are needed for optimum serotonin production and metabolism.
The link between what we put into our bodies and how we feel thereafter is undeniable. While a hit of something processed and sugary might temporarily pick you up and stave off cravings it is better for optimum overall physical and mental health and wellbeing to go for something healthy.
Which is your favourite from these 5?