We’ve all felt a little down in the dumps at different times throughout our lives. It’s just part of life! While it is totally normal to feel a little down sometimes, we can all agree it’s not something we enjoy and would love to discover new ways to boosting the mood without having to do anything too drastic. Scientists continue to discover how our body is highly affected by what we eat and it turns out there are certain foods that boost your mood! Didn’t see that one coming, huh? Well, don’t worry, because we’re sharing some of the most common mood-boosting foods.
We just knew our sweet tooth and love of chocolate had to have some great benefits, and it turns out chocolate does actually have mood-boosting benefits. However, it’s important to note that it’s not just any old chocolate. Experts have found that eating dark chocolate (specifically) is able to aid in helping you feel a reduce in stress. While we’d love to tell you to go eat all the chocolate you want, it’s suggested that you stick to around 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate in a day to reap the benefits and not just add any weight to your body, because while there are some great benefits it is still chocolate.
Fruits & veggies
You may not be super surprised with this one, but you may not have really thought about fruits and veggies in the way that they can actually boost your mood. It’s actually been found through studies that the vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3’s that are in fruits and veggies are actually able to aid in lowering the risk of acquiring depression. WOW, right?! That’s some pretty powerful food right there. What many experts have found is that people who eat a lot of processed foods that aren’t whole or natural tend to be more prone to developing depression and/or low moods. Which is why doing the exact opposite has been found to, well…do the exact opposite.
Similar to the fruits and veggies, fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are not only great for your body overall but also have been linked to your mood. They’ve actually discovered that the omega-3’s are able to directly impact the brain cells that impact the mood. To make the most of incorporating more fish into your diet to boost your mood, focus on eating fish that are oily and fatty – they tend to have the most omega-3’s in them.
Different types of tea have been used in different cultures for health benefits for many, many years. One thing that you may not realize tea is great for is boosting your mood. Black, green and/or oolong teas tend to be the most recommended to use for mood-boosting qualities. Experts suggest drinking a few cups of tea a day in order to really reap the benefits of tea and its effect on your mood.
Have you experienced a mood boost from certain foods?