Feeling down and depressed? Usually, we as food lovers go right to comfort foods to boost our moods.
Some of these foods include fried chicken, french fries, potato chips, and ice cream. We lean towards foods that are high in fat and in sugar for that immediate comfort effect.
The downside of this is that while you are feeling good for a few minutes, this kind of eating can cause serious health implications in the future, and after consumption, one might feel fatigued and sluggish.
So try this; instead of choosing foods that scream heart attack, choose foods that are healthy and that will benefit your mood not just for the moment but for the long run.
Foods high in vitamin D help relieve feelings of depression, studies show that individuals with that have a vitamin D deficiency are more susceptible to depression.
It might be hard to gain the right amount of vitamin D if you spend most of your time indoors, but you can still get a sufficient amount of vitamin D through your diet.
Recently vitamin D packed mushrooms have been entering supermarkets, the way these mushrooms get vitamin D is by being exposed to UV light.
Just one cup of these mushrooms will do the trick giving you 100% of the RDA.
Saffron a natural spice that has been used in cooking aromatic meals and in traditional medicine can help with mood swings, depression and can also decrease PMS symptoms.
Foods that are high in Folic acid such as asparagus, broccoli, and spinach are great for battling feelings of depression and anxiety.
Foods that have a high amount of natural melatonin can also be used to improve moods and act as a natural sleep aid, improving sleep quality as well.
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland in the brain, which controls one’s sleep and wake cycles.
Tart cherries are found to have an increased level of melatonin which improves your sleep quality.
Before bed drink a glass of tart cherry juice or eat a handful of tart cherries, and the next morning you will wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested.
Honey is also great for battling feelings of sadness, anxiety, and restlessness.
It instantly enhances moods and supplies immediate energy. Instead of adding refined sugar to your coffee and tea in the morning use honey as a substitute, for fighting melancholy moods.
Also, try to eat some dark chocolate, only 1 oz is needed to relax the blood vessels.
So next time you are having an off day and you are experiencing symptoms of depression skip the instant cravings of greasy and sugary comfort foods and keep these mood-boosting foods in mind!
They will be sure to boost not only your mood but your well-being as well.