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8 Good-Mood Foods


While the effect food has on our physical health is obvious, we can connect food to our emotional health as well. Here are my top foods that will put a smile on your face.


Salmon

This fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin D, two nutrients that increase levels of serotonin in the brain. “The happiness chemical”. Eating a healthy diet that includes fatty fish 2 to 3 times per week can reduce depression. Especially if you have low levels of this sunshine. Vitamin D is vital for your mood.


Walnuts

This antioxidant is an excellent source of serotonin omega-3 fatty acids as well. And magnesium, a mineral that helps stabilize mood by regulating blood sugar levels and reducing agitation, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.


Popcorn

Carbs cause serotonin levels to increase, making us feel happy and relaxed. Unfortunately, not all carbs are the same. The best carbs are the ones that are both low-glycemic and high in fiber, such as vegetables, some fruits and whole grains like popcorn.

As the brain runs on glucose, slow-absorbing complex carbs provide a fuel that is more sustainable than the fuel we get from simple sugars such as cake and cookies.


Bananas

Rich in potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6, a banana with breakfast will get your day off to a good start. Vitamin B6 is very important for dopamine in the brain responsible for our pleasure, attention, mood, and motivation.


Dark chocolate

The ultimate comfort food, dark chocolate contains high levels of the amino acid phenylalanine.


Oysters

Considered an aphrodisiac, oysters not only create feelings of love, but also are also high in zinc, a mineral that calms the body and stabilizes mood.


Brazil nuts

A handful of Brazil nuts may be just the thing needed to cheer you up. Brazil nuts are one of the most concentrated food sources of selenium, a mineral that can help you feel more confident, clear-headed and happy.


Spinach

High in iron which made Popeye strong, but also high in folate which kept him happy.


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