Mood Food: How What You Eat Affects How You Feel

Mood Food: How What You Eat Can Affect How You Feel

Have you ever wondered why when you eat certain foods you feel depressed, or particularly energized? Well, studies show that the food you consume can directly determine your mood. Food dramatically affects your body's hormones, metabolism and neurotransmitters (mood chemicals in the brain), and in return, influence your mental health. Continue reading to find out which moods are triggered by which foods.

 

Happy Food: Eat foods that contain folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin b12 because they help keep your homocysteine levels (an amino acid that is linked with depression) low.

 

Asparagus

Beans

Peas

Egg Yolks

Sunflower Seeds 

Spinach

Meat

Fish

Poultry

 

Relaxation Food: Magnesium is a calming substance that can directly be linked to relaxation. Eat foods with magnesium when you're stressed. Also, if you're having trouble sleeping, snack on almonds and pumpkin seeds. They both contain sleep-inducing minerals. 

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Leafy Greens

Almonds

Wine

 

Focus Food: If you need to focus, eat foods that contain tyrosine and since because they are both vital for concentration. Dehydration can also link to low alertness, so make sure to drink lots off water to stay focused. 

 

Avocados

Bananas

Beans

Poultry

Seeds

Nuts 

Beans

Water

 

Energizing Food: In order to influence your energy levels, eat proteins that are high in B12 because they contain iron, which contributes to increased energy levels. 

 

Spinach

Bell Peppers

Seafood (Clams)

Eggs

 

 

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