5 foods to put you in a good mood and boost your energy levels
The blues are always felt from time to time, and food plays a crucial role in helping uplift our mood and improves our take on life. Open your refrigerator and glance through the pantry, where you find a delicious and varied range of food, mood-boosting and satisfying.
Your body and mind can often feel like they are functioning on two different levels and wavelengths. Your body will tell you to take a nap while your brain knows you still have some work to finish. Moreover, your belly might be screaming and craving french fries at the same time while your brain knows better. However, when it comes to food, your mood and food choices often work hand in hand.
Interestingly, many foods boost your mood and get you happier and healthier with every bite. But can certain foods uplift your mood? The scientific community backs the concept of food influencing our mood. It states that dietary changes bring about specific changes in the brain structure, physiology and chemistry, leading to a behaviour change! Although a plate of oily fries or sugary snacks might alleviate your mood, it won’t guarantee long term happiness.
So, before you dive headfirst into the meal's quantity and value, add these foods that promote a happy mood to your menu.
1. Red Peppers
Aren’t all peppers red? Then why red? Red peppers are the ones that are allowed to ripe on the vine rather than being plucked while still green. They have comparatively a higher nutritional value with double the vitamin C and up to eight times as much as vitamin A. Researches prove red pepper to be a healthier option in line with leafy vegetables. A higher concentration of vitamins helps boost your mood, improve your immunity system, and lesser cold symptoms.
Bananas help to improve your mood quickly. They are rich in vitamins B6 which promote dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitters. Usually, low blood sugar levels can lead to mood swings and irritability. Banana paired with fibre helps release the sugars slowly in the bloodstream, further stabilizing the sugar levels and better mood control. Moreover, banana keeps your gut healthy. A strong gut is associated with a happy mood.
Tomatoes contain lycopene antioxidants that protect your brain and fight depression, causing inflammation. To take happiness one notch up, drizzle olive oil to increase lycopene absorption.
Blueberries can improve your mood by promoting weight loss by decreasing the formation of fat cells by 73%. Blueberries are rich in vitamin C. Fatigue, and depression is signs of low motivation and vitamin C. Moreover, blueberries are a great source of resveratrol. According to research published in Frontiers in Endocrinology, the antioxidant resveratrol is linked to relief from depression.
Women usually face a problem of iron deficiency that leads to lower energy levels. Iron deficiency causes exhaustion, irritation and weakness. This situation requires infusing iron-rich foods like spinach, meat, liver etc., in your diet. Including spinach in your diet meet the iron levels and can improve gut health. Maintaining healthy nutrient levels and gut health lowers mood disorders.
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