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Food affects mood. Natural foods are better than junk foods at regulating mood. Some foods are natural anti-depressants because of what they contain. Your everyday food choices can affect your mood. Here’s eight foods that fight depression and anxiety.

Whole grains.

  • Reduces mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
  • Contain high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid crucial for creating serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin lifts mood. Melatonin helps with the sleep cycle, something that’s important for your mental health.
  • High levels of B Vitamins regulate mood, combat PMS, and slow the rate of age-related cognitive disorders.
  • Whole grains maintain steady blood sugar, keeping you away feeling grumpy and anxious.
  • Quinoa, wild and brown rice, millet, barley, buckwheat, ryewhole-grains-collection-16782673

Dark chocolate.

  • Called the Joy Stimulant. Great for improving mood. Dark chocolate contains serotonin, the feel good hormone. A lot of people self-medicate with chocolate. Women use it to feel better during menstrual cycles.
  • Chocolate reduces cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Stimulates production of endorphins which bring on pleasure and a peaceful, calm feeling.
  • Contains anti-oxidants which help lower blood pressure.
  • In moderate amounts, chocolate also boosts your concentration.food-and-sex-18

Blueberries.

  • Reduces stress levels and anxiety with antioxidants.
  • Packed with Vitamin C. Vitamin C lowers cortisol.
  • Contains high amounts of water. Water is essential for your brain to properly function. Dehydration leads to poor mood and increased anxiety.
  • Blueberries reverse age-related memory loss, thanks to abundant antioxidants called flavonoids.ss_pr_100223superfood_blueberries

Walnuts.

  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein. Great for your nervous system, which in turn can lead to better mood.
  • Fights depression by increasing serotonin.
  • Walnuts boost your immune system, making you less prone to fatigue.
  • Contain melatonin which help with better sleep patterns.walnuts-for-heart

Spinach.

  • Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals.
  • Reduces your cortisol levels to normal.
  • High potassium content helps lower high blood pressure. Recommended by doctors for maintaining good blood pressure.
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Fish.

  • Boosts cognitive function while reducing anxiety.
  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which help with depression.
  • Wild salmon (not farm salmon) contain the highest levels of Omega-3 among all ocean fish.
  • Eating salmon can reduce anxiety, depression, stress, and PMS.
  • Contains tryptophan, an amino acid that lowers stress hormones and reduces blood pressure.Nearly-Naked-Baked-or-Grill

Pumpkin Seeds.

  • Tryptophan helps make serotonin which regulates mood.
  • High source of magnesium which helps lower anxiety by relaxing nerves and muscles.
  • Contains zinc which boosts the immune system and is important for a restful sleep.5-Reasons-to-Roast-Pumpkin-Seeds

Quinoa.

  • Packed with protein, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, iron, phosphorus. 
  • Serotonin booster, preventing depression, fatigue and anemia.
  • Quinoa is gluten-free, making it a versatile food.quinoa
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