Sometimes you just wake up in a terrible mood. It happens to us all. In many cases there is nothing you can put your finger on to explain your mood, but it’s just there, brooding away behind the scenes getting ready to blow.
Fortunately, there is something you can do. We now know more about food than ever before, understanding what vitamins and minerals we can get from every food item, and what they do. The truth is that you really are what you eat, and if you eat in the right way, you can wave the stress, anger, anxiety and all those other mood altering feelings goodbye.
So, to get you in the mood, here is our list of foods you can consume to eat yourself happy…
- Oily fish
The health benefits associated with eating oily fish have long been known, but few people realise just what this tasty, healthy food stuff can do for our minds. People who are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids may be more susceptible to depression and low mood. Why? Well, about 60 percent of the dry weight of the brain is fat, with approximately 30 percent of that in the form of omega-3.
Eating at least one serving (140g) of oily fish a week, such as mackerel, salmon and sardines, will help to keep your bran cells flexible, allowing the brain’s messaging chemicals to work more effectively.
Oats are another brilliant mood booster because of the slow way they release energy into the bloodstream. This helps to keep blood pressure and mood stable and avoids the rushes and dips you can experience when eating other foods.
We’ve all had those food crashes at one time or another when you overindulge and are left feeling irritable and ill-tempered. Oats help to avoid this by delivering a steady flow of energy into the body. They also contain the mood-boasting mineral selenium, a powerful anti-oxidant with a number of benefits.
Bananas are the perfect mood boosting food because they’re cheap, tasty and incredibly easy to eat – just peel and scoff! You can also get them delivered to your office courtesy of a company called Fruitful Office, so there can always be a banana within easy reach.
Bananas are chock-full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, B6, and C. They are also an excellent supply of fibre, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate. However, most important for your mood is the amino acid tryptophan. This is converted into the mood-lifting hormone serotonin, which not only helps to boost your mood but can also improve sleep.
Lentils are complex carbohydrates that can help to increase the brain’s production of serotonin to make you feel happy, calm and less anxious. They’re high in folate, with deficiencies of folate being linked to depression, and they boost your iron levels to deliver a pick-me-up in the form of a much needed shot of energy.
What are your go-to mood boosting foods? Please leave your favourites in the comments section below.