When we think about the effect that food has on our body, we tend to focus on the physical effects and underestimate (if not completely ignore) the mental impact food has on us (e.g. our mood, sleep and energy levels).
Studies have shown that diets which are well-balanced and full of nutrient dense foods can lead to a reduction in mood swings, anxiety and depression. This is due to the nutrients in these foods helping the brain to produce serotonin (a.k.a. the happy chemical) which among other functions helps our bodies to “regulate sleep, appetite, mediate moods and inhibit pain.”
Studies have also shown that consumption of foods that maintain blood sugar levels can help us to stabilise our mood.
5 Mood Boosting Foods
- Oily Fish: Regularly eating oily fish (i.e. salmon, mackerel and sardines) help to reduce the risks of depression and anxiety.
- Oats: Help us to maintain a stable mood, through slowly releasing energy into our bloodstream.
- Dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds: These all contain magnesium which can help boost the production of serotonin (the happy chemical).
- Eggs: contain nutrients which help to improve our mood
- Chocolate: Regular consumption of chocolate (of the dark variety) helps to boost the production of serotonin and is linked to reduced stress and anxiety levels.
Just some food for thought (or feels).