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Friday, August 9, 2013

Best Foods To Help Change Your Mood

Written by Marcela De Vivo

We hear a lot about how our diet can affect our overall health, but it can be difficult to really tell which foods are best for us, considering how much information we have access to online today; however, there is no doubt that our diet directly impacts our quality of life, in terms of physique and overall health. But what we often don’t hear is how our diet can directly affect our mood. What many of us would already understand is the indirect impact our diet has on our mood, which goes something like this:

  • We eat a bunch of junk food...
  • we feel heavy, or unhealthy...
  • thus our mood deteriorates because we feel weighed down and sluggish.
This makes sense to most people and, while it certainly does occur, what about the possibility of certain foods actually having a direct impact on our mood? Medically speaking, that is a reality, and it can be either a pose positive or negative impact. Sugar, coffee, diet drinks and soy can all have a negative impact on a person’s mood because of how their chemical properties interact with the human body. On the other hand, foods that give you high amounts of folate, vitamin D and C, omega-3s, magnesium and iron can all have positive effects on an individual’s serotonin levels and your overall feeling and outlook. The trick is to know what foods to target, so to make it simple. Here are a few foods that can positively impact your mood, both in the short and long-term:

1. Blueberries — Not only are they extremely rich in antioxidants, but blueberries contain a lot of fiber and vitamin C, the latter of which can improve your mood and the former of which can improve your digestive health. The antioxidants, in turn, will act as a cleaning agent for your body by reducing free radicals and toxic proteins.
2. Salmon — The biggest selling point salmon has is its high concentration of omega-3s. Although a wide variety of fish have high amounts of omega-3, salmon is one of the best tasting options and has other health benefits as well.

3. Spinach — Any kind of dark leafy green is going to be beneficial for your liver and will include a boatload of fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants; it even contains a little bit of protein. Eating fresh spinach is considered to be one of the most nutrient-rich foods available, can improve cardiovascular health, combat ovarian and prostate cancers and can improve brain function.
4. Cottage Cheese — If you need a little extra protein, cottage cheese is a perfect solution since you can prepare it quickly. It’s also quite delicious when it’s paired with tomatoes or your favorite fruit. It also contains tryptophan, which will actually help to relax your body and calm you down. Eating for Health and Happiness When you eat cleaner and healthier, you’ll improve your mood on multiple levels. Not only will you be happier about how you look and feel, but you’ll actually be happier because of your diet. Your body was made to function on certain nutrients, and unfortunately, a high percentage of the food available to us has (for whatever reason) been produced without those nutrients, in favor of foods with high fat, salt and sugar content. However, with a little smart shopping and careful planning, you can eat better and avoid the mood swings that come along with a poor diet.      

About the author
Marcela De Vivo is a writer for a Miami spa Bellezza, whose work covers several health and wellness topics. To keep feeling fit and healthy, she practices yoga and meditation each day, along with a well-balanced diet with nutrient-rich foods. Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter today for more health tips.



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