I don’t know about you but I like finding natural ways to promote health and healing. I especially like finding natural ways to boost my mood. The foods that we eat can greatly affect our bodies and how they function.
Too much sugar can cause our bodies to think that we’re hungry because it scrambles our body’s ability to tell the brain that we’re full. It can also make us very tired after we eat it because of the sugar crash after the sugar rush. Sugar also messes with our thyroid which is responsible for regulating metabolism, growth and development and body temperature. The thyroid is also important in regulating our mood.
According to a study out of Spain, people who ate more sweets and processed foods were more likely to be diagnosed with or treated for depression than those that ate primarily whole foods. Whole foods are foods that are considered healthy because it is grown naturally and has not been processed and contains no artificial ingredients. It is believed that whole foods protect our brains from the onset of depression.
The whole foods listed below can help boost our mood:
- Believed to have effects comparable to anti-depressants.
- Can help with symptoms of PMS.
2) Coconut Oil-
- One of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”.
- Gives quick energy boost.
- Reduces sweet cravings.
- Immune booster.
- Regulates hormones.
- Curcumin (main active ingredient in turmeric) has been used to fight depression.
- Has been found to increase neurotransmitter and dopamine levels that improve our mood.
- Known for powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help manage arthritis.
- May help lower blood sugar.
4) Dark chocolate-
- Provides instant boost in mood and concentration.
- It can increase blood flow to the brain improving ability to focus.
- Has multiple anti-inflammatory compounds, improve flexibility in blood vessels thereby reducing our blood pressure.
- Protein keeps blood sugar levels steady.
- Keeps you full longer and energized.
- Loaded with mood promoting omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and B vitamins.
- Has tryptophan which serves as the basis for creation of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical responsible for maintaining mood balance. Other foods that have tryptophan are turkey, eggs, nuts, beans and bananas.
- Has high levels of folate – a nutrient that may fight depression
- Almonds have magnesium which has a large role in developing serotonin.
- Deficiency in magnesium can cause agitation, anxiety and irritability.
Are there foods that you find make you feel better when you eat them than other foods? If so I would love hear from you about those.