Tuesday, April 10, 2012

10 Foods That Improve

Hello, I hope your doing good today. I thought this was an important article to share with all of you. I have found that eating certain foods, along with exercise, can help keep my mood positive. Try adding some of these foods to your daily diet if you feel you could still use a little boost in your mood! And how nice it is to see that Dark Chocolate is on the list! I'll just have to keep reminding myself though, when it comes to that delicious Chocolate, "everything in moderation"! For the full article click the link below.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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It’s no secret that there are intricate links between our physical health and the food we eat. But mounting research has also connected the dots between mental health and a variety of vitamins and nutrients. Although food alone cannot cure a disorder such as depression, a diet rich in mood-boosting foods can provide a nice complement to traditional psychotherapy and/or medication

Salmon
Salmon is chock full of Omega-3s, heart-healthy fats that aid mood and memory. Omega-3 fatty acids are present in the brain more than in any other part of the body, and several studies have suggested this nutrient can help lift mood, alleviate mild depression, and improve memory

Eggs
The egg yolk, often unnecessarily shunned for its high cholesterol content, is rich in vitamins D, B12, and choline, which help enhance memory. Vitamins D and B12 both increase levels of serotonin

Bananas
A banana is rich in magnesium, which reduces anxiety and improves sleep. Calming and stress-reducing, bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into serotonin in the body

Spinach
Dark leafy greens—such as spinach, chard, and kale—are high in folic acid, a nutrient proven to help alleviate depression and reduce fatigue. These greens also boast abundant antioxidants, which protect brain cells from the free radicals that dampen mood and drain energy

Turkey
Turkey contains the chemicals tryptophan, a mood regulating substance that contains a level of protein that helps the mind relax, and melatonin, which helps the body relax (causing that sluggishness you feel after Thanksgiving dinner). Turkey is also rich in tyrosine, an amino acid that lifts energy levels and helps the body cope with stress

Whole Wheat
Without carbohydrates, our bodies can’t produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes us tranquil and more able to cope. Fiber helps the body absorb carbohydrates more slowly, keeping serotonin levels steady

Milk
Milk is an ideal source of vitamins A and B, calcium, carbohydrates, magnesium, phosphate, protein, riboflavin, and zinc. Consuming whey, a protein present in milk, is shown to decrease anxiety and frustration

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is an indulgence with benefits. This treat contains antioxidants that keep blood vessels healthy and happy. Chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa delivers a natural brain boost from sugar and endorphins

Walnuts
Rich in serotonin-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, this antioxidant-rich nut is an easy on-the-go mood booster. Studies have shown that magnesium deficiency may cause depression, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia

Vitamin C
Vitamin C deficiency is associated with low energy, depressed mood, and irritability. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, provide an instant burst of Vitamin C and help to pump oxygen through your body and brain

http://www.helpfordepression.com/slideshow/lifestyle-changes/10-foods-boost-your-mood

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this information. Adding some of them to my grocery list. :-)

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  2. You welcomed IE, glad I could help, thanks for the comment :)

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