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Food to Beat the Blues

How many times have you run to your favorite comfort foods when you are down? Bags of chips, cookies, or ice cream sound like some of the things you use? The big problem is that the fried foods or packaged foods you might have or want could make you feel worse because they are higher in omega-6 fatty acids. But it’s not all bad news, there are certain foods that can serve as mood boosters!

Mood Foods

Pumpkin Seeds
These yummy seeds are loaded with amino acid tryptophan that becomes a good mood hormone serotonin. Pumpkin seeds also have magnesium that helps lift your mood.

Eggs
Eggs are full of vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to your body. The choline helps your brain regulate emotions.

Dark Chocolate
Yes, dark chocolate, not milk chocolate, is helpful because of high antioxidants. The secret weapon is the cacao in it that helps with mood and stress levels. Better yet, for heart health benefits, reach for at least 70 percent cacao, which is fairly bitter without the added fat and sugar. And don’t forget that even though dark chocolate is considered a (somewhat) healthy treat, it still packs plenty of calories. So enjoy in moderation.

Yogurt
Yogurt is full of probiotics and they work to reduce bacteria in the gut. Balanced gut bacteria lead to less stress and anxiety and also better moods.

Oysters, Nuts, Green Tea, and Salmon also make the list of foods that will boost your mood! You can eat to help your body!

And remember…

Exercise! The more physically competent you feel, the better your mood, and a positive cycle gets going. Exercise keeps your brain working more efficiently, improving your cognitive functioning and making you a better thinker.

Control your diet! Lowering your intake of high calorie, high sodium, and high sugar foods (a.k.a. junk food) will reduce your chances of experiencing depressive symptoms no matter what your age.

Get enough sleep! We all know the frayed nerves and fatigue that go along with being sleep-deprived. Proper sleep habits will also reduce other problems associated with depression, including many chronic health problems. Try to get 7 hours of sleep a night, at least.

And, most important, remember you don’t have to go it alone.