Do you know that food can make you feel good?
For many of us, some of the foods that do this are not the healthiest for us. Here are some examples of good mood foods that are also good for you.
Food not only nourishes our body it also nourishes our mind. Different types of foods can affect how we feel. Comfort foods are so named because of the feelings that they invoke when we eat them. Let’s say that you come home from a hard day and all you want is a big bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese. That macaroni and cheese has the ability to soothe your hurt feelings and also put a smile on your face, indicating that you feel more upbeat.
Most people recognize" they are what they eat" however, many people ignore the effects
that food can have on their moods.
Not eating right will affect your memory, mood, intellect, and energy levels long before it will affect your digestive tract, heart, and bones.
How foods affect our moods may be connected to how they react or are used in the body.
For example some food nutrients affect the brain by attaching to cells and causing the secretion of certain neurotransmitters at different times.
A few foods you might eat...
* Whole Grains – Whole grains include cereals,corn, oatmeal, barley, bulgur, bran, whole wheat breads and the like that are used by the body as fuel. These contain high amounts of fiber that are slowly digested. They allow you to regulate your blood sugar which leads to a more even temperament. These grains along with fresh fruits contain zinc, selenium, vitamin E, C and A - all antioxidants. Antioxidants reduce signs of oxidative stress in the body.
* Green vegetables – With busy schedules, we are often run down. To increase your energy, you need to eat vitamins that will help with that. Green leafy veggies and cruciferous veggies like broccoli are rich in antioxidants and minerals like manganese, iron and potassium. Women especially need iron because of their menstrual cycles. Green vegetables with minerals like magnesium may also be able to increase good feelings and clear away the brain clutter. Spinach will help because of its folic acid, asparagus helps with it serotonin.
* Dairy products – Dairy is not bad, but you will want to eat products like milk, buttermilk, cottage cheese, yogurt and cheese for a start. These can reduce the symptoms of PMS, which include irritability, bloating, mood swings and pain. Dairy products are also good for evening out your mood during the day.
* Proteins – Let's start with turkey, most of us know it is filled with tryptophan and this amino acid may make you feel sleepy but it also works to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. Increased levels of serotonin are linked to increased mood and good feelings. Another protein that contains tryptophan is tofu.
Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, selenium and magnesium all will improve your mood.
Chia seeds are high in omega 3's and essential amino acids.
Walnuts help with magnesium and omega 3's.
Salmon is also high in omega 3's and vitamin D.
Almonds have tyrosine which stimulates good feelings.
Oysters are high in zinc for libido, energy and the immune system.
* Fruits- Strawberries which contains anthocyanins which reduces stress.
Pineapple has vitamin B thiamine which will boost energy.
Tomato helps us with lycopene which reduces irritation.
Cantaloupe is high in carotene which produces good feelings.
Oranges have vitamin B1 to aid in creating a better mood.
Avocados have both oleic acid and serotonin for you.
besides these there is Green tea which carries theanine which is a calming agent. And dark chocolate with its high levels of phenylalanine to enhance serotonin and dopamine levels.
Want to help yourself feel better?
Start with a more balanced diet first.