Improve your mood with food

February 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Woke up this morning feeling low? Did something happen to make you angry today? Or are you just feeling lazy? Well, the good news is your mood can be fixed with food!

If you’re feeling stressed then go for chocolate. Dark chocolate. Scientist say that it can lower the stress hormone levels in your body. In fact, a recent study by researchers in Switzerland, published in the Journal of Proteome Research,found that eating just a smidge of dark chocolate (about 1.4 ounces) has the power to lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in the body, reducing your anxiety.

If you’re feeling sluggish and you’re having trouble concentrating and keeping your eyes open then the best food for you is a spinach salad. and no it’s not coffee!Folic acid, or folate, helps your body to process and lower homocysteine levels,” says Dr. Dolgoff ; author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right. High level of homocysteine cause blood vessel damage, and interfer with the flow of blood and nutrients to the brain. Low blood flow to the brain may leave you feeling sluggish

 

Feeling cranky?  Are you just snapping at everyone around you? Crankiness could be a sign that your body needs fuel. Make sure you don’t refuel with foods that leave you with a blood sugar crash an hour later. The best way to get rid of this mood is to eat a combination foods at every meal carbohydrates. Combination foods contain carbohydrate in combination with either some protein or some fat. Carbohydrates are a great source of energy that quickly burns out. Adding some fat or protein will slow the digestion process, causing your sugar and energy levels to remain stable for a longer amount of time. A great example of a combination snack is an apple with peanut butter. The apple is your healthy complex carbohydrate and the peanut butter is a healthy fat. Now you have energy to go on for hours!!

 

Anxious? Worrying about your work? finances? relationships? Stop right now and order a salmon burger. Salmon is rich in omega3 fatty acids which will help tame your anxiety. “Regular consumption of omega-3s has extensive research support for both the prevention and treatment of clinical depression. And there’s growing evidence that omega-3s also help reduce anger and irritability,” says Stephen Ilardi, PhD, author of The Depression Cure. It’s this specific form of omega 3 fatty acids found in coldwater fish are the best for anxiety.

Your neighbor’s dog was barking all night and kept you up and now you’re angry? Whatever it is sip some green tea! It contains theanine , which calms you and helps you stay concentrated and focused. and green tea is gentler on your body than coffee.

Have the blues? feeling sad? need a happiness boost? of course someone to talk to can be very helpful. But a bowl of whole grain cereal with low fat milk would help increase your vitamin D uptake, which plays a role in sadness because without vitamin D the ” happy hormone” serotonin is at very low levels.

Hope this helps you feel good today and every day!

Cheers xox

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