#1 Dark Leafy Greens
Including spinach, asparagus, brussels sprouts, kale, etc.
Oprah.com published a great article explaining how foods rich in B Vitamins, specifically folate, may help reduce symptoms of depression. ?Folate is needed in the brain for the synthesis of mood chemicals like norepinephrine., serotonin, and dopamine. Boosting the folate levels of depressed patients helped improve their mood, found researchers from Harvard Medical School?
#2 ‘Good’ Fats
Like the kind found in fish, nuts, and grass-fed beef/chicken/pork
ABCnews reported that, ‘A comprehensive review of studies comparing the incidence of mood disorders in several countries found that eating at least two seafood meals per week – high in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically – was associated with lower rates of depression and other emotional disorders? Likely because these fats help maintain function in areas of the brain responsible for regulating mood and emotion.’
#3 Greek Yogurt
There are so many ways to use this creamy delight! Eat it for breakfast with berries, use it in place of mayo in many recipes, or sweeten it up with a natural sweetener for a tasty treat!
The creator of The Happiness Diet, Dr. Ramsey, explains that, Proper calcium levels give the ‘go’ command, alerting your body to release feel-good neurotransmitters. Disturbances in calcium levels can produce anxiety, depression, irritability, impaired memory, and slow thinking.He went on to say that, Pasteurized dairy is higher in the healthy fat that reduces the effects of stress on the brain.
If you’re like me, you have a sweet tooth. I crave something sweet every day, and that’s when I reach for a handful of mixed berries. Not only do they taste good, but they also help fight depression! According to nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, ‘Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins – nutrients that help reduce stress and depression.’
#5: Chocolate (yes, CHOCOLATE!)
Dark chocolate, that is!
According to WomansDay.com and a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research,’?eating just a smidge of dark chocolate (about 1.4 ounces) has the power to lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in the body, reducing your anxiety.’
So the next time you?re feeling down and could use a mood-boost, just say no to Oreo cookies and potato chips and instead reach for one of these 5 happy foods!