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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.
- 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, rye
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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