5 Foods Guaranteed to Boost your Mood
There’s nothing like a day at the beach to boost your spirits. The warm sun giving you much-needed Vitamin D, swimming in the cool waves, and spending a carefree day with friends can lift even the worst moods. But how do you get the same results during the winter without booking a tropical vacation?
Studies suggest that you can improve your mood by eating certain foods. When combined with a balanced diet, these foods are shown to reduce stress, anxiety, irritability, and more. To keep you smiling all winter long, we’re sharing our favorite all-natural mood-boosting tricks!
- Beef, chicken or pork burrito with black beans: rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid
Dishes rich in both vitamin B12 and folic acid are shown to reduce symptoms of depression and prevent mood disorders.
- Fresh salsas: rich in antioxidants
The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables also fight symptoms of depression while their many nutrients improve general health.
- Whole wheat tortillas: rich in the mineral Selenium
Selenium behaves like a stress-reducing antioxidant. The carbohydrates from the tortilla are linked to high levels of serotonin, your “happy” brain chemical.
- Mahi Mahi Tacos: rich in omega-3
Fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce mood swings and increase serotonin levels.
- Dark Chocolate (in our chocolate chip cookie): increase endorphins
Endorphins are the “feel-good” brain chemicals that we feel after exercising or while laughing. Treating yourself to 1 oz of dark chocolate each day is also proven to release endorphins, which we thought was the best news ever!
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