10 of the Finest Mood Boosting Foods

10 of the Finest Mood Boosting Foods

We’ve all been there; low energy, poor mood, and lethargic attitude. Not only is this a drag on your day, but it can be a day-damager for those around you too. Thankfully there is a solution. In fact, there are 10 solutions, all which can be found in your neighborhood grocery store.

 

These 10 foods are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that will help you stay healthy and fit while also boosting happiness, lessening depression and soothing anxiety.

 

  • Walnuts, Flax Seeds and Pistachios

Raw nuts and seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an acid that has proven to reduce women’s chances of suffering from depression. This acid also boosts feelings of joy and serotonin.

 

  • Oysters and Clams

What aren’t these sea critters good for? They are low in calories, decrease inflammation, and increase circulation in your body and much more. These heart-healthy foods are high in fatty acids and, of course, are also aphrodisiacs.

 

  • Coffee

Is your caffeine craving your body’s way of begging for a mood booster? It’s possible! Women who drink two to three cups of coffee each day are 15% less likely to suffer from depression. Because caffeine is a psychoactive drug, it works as a happy-booster by increasing dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

 

  • Kale and Other Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are typically packed full of calcium, an important mineral for maintaining strong bones and healthy blood vessels and reducing the risk of diabetes. When paired with vitamin D, calcium regulates mood fluctuation, especially during PMS.

 

  • Pomegranate

When consumed every day for two weeks, this juicy, seedy fruit is proven to lower blood pressure, anxiety and depression. It’s also loaded with antioxidants.

 

  • Yogurt and Kefir

Cultured dairy products help promote healthy bacteria called probiotics that help reduce stress, even in tense situations. Be sure to buy products with
“contains live and active cultures” on the label.

 

  • Radishes

Though they may not be the most popular food on the grocery store shelves, radishes deliver a spicy, crunchy punch that elevates mood by encouraging your brain to release it’s happy-drugs, dopamine and norepinephrine.

 

  • Apricots

Packed with vitamin B6, these furry fruits help reduce depression and contain the healthy antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin which help elevate moods.

 

  • Chocolate

Saving the best for last: chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is loaded with polyphenols that help boost moods while also helping eaters feel calm and content. Indulge to your heart’s delight!

 

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