Incorporate Mood Balancing Vitamins and Minerals
Keep in mind that you want to be incorporating protein and specific vitamins and minerals each time you eat. Important vitamins and minerals to keep your mood balanced are B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and the amino acid L-theanine.
B-complex vitamins including B1, B6, B12, and folic acid have been known to reduce panic attacks and balance blood sugar. They also help to convert the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, which is the “feel good” hormone in our bodies that helps to keep our moods stabilized. You can find these vitamins in certain whole foods such as almonds, asparagus, spinach, eggs, beans, and brown rice.
Many people are deficient with vitamin D levels, which is linked to anxiety, depression and seasonal affective disorder, especially in the winter months. Vitamin D can be found in eggs and fatty fish like salmon.
Magnesium is known as a calming mineral and helps with restlessness and irritability. You can find magnesium in dark, leafy greens such as spinach and kale.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to decrease depression, anxiety and anger. You can get it from fish such as mackerel, salmon, and herring. Other ways to get omega-3 fatty acids into your body are through flax seeds, walnuts, and chia seeds.
Finally, we have the amino acid L-theanine, which has a calming effect and reduces our reaction to stress. Tea is the only way to get this amino acid naturally.