YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT…
Feeling stressed or just out of sorts in blah moments? I am a firm believer that you are what you eat and when you’re feeling blah or a little moody, that’s your body’s way of telling you you’re missing some key “emotional nutrients”. Emotional wellness is the key to unlocking good physical and mental wellness. Who would have known that there are foods that actually contribute to your emotional wellness? There are quite a few “moody foods”, that can bring your emotional wellness from blah to aha!
Check out these 5 Mood Enhancing foods!
If you matched bananas up against depression; bananas would win! Bananas have high levels of tryptophan an essential amino acid. Once consumed, tryptophan converts to serotinin, which contributes to our “happy moods”. Rich in mood elevating magnesium, energy producing potassium and vitamin B6, a banana for breakfast will definitely give you that good morning start or can serve as a great snack throughout the day as a pick me up. Vitamin B6 is also a popular cure for treating PMS symptoms.
Although dark chocolate is high in fat, it does have quite a few health benefits that would make you go hmmm. Dark chocolate has been credited for lowering blood pressure, preventing blood clots, and improving the body’s blood flow. Dark chocolate is made up of high levels phenylalanine, which can be best described as the feeling you get when it feels like you’re falling in love. Much like bananas, dark chocolate can also be used to fight depression and to stabilize your mood. (Any reason to eat chocolate is fine by me!)
Spinach isn’t just what made Popeye strong, or the yucky green stuff your mom made you eat. There are studies which have linked spinach to lowering the risk of cancer, and high blood pressure!
No need to hold off on turkey until the holidays. Its low fat and high protein composition is a good source for tryptophan, selenium and vitamin B6. Tryptophan is needed for the production of ‘mood enhancing’ niacin and serotonin. It also acts as a mild sedative that helps promote sleep, rest & relaxation……No wonder my “meat eating” friends & family always pass out after Thanksgiving dinner!
Walnuts are great sources for serotonin boosting magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. Magnesium can stabilize a person’s mood by regulating blood sugar levels. A lack of magnesium, excess calcium and stress may result in symptoms related to depression such as insomnia, irritability, anxiety and being agitated. Magnesium is also believed to elevate symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome.