From fresh green salads to salty crisp potato chips, the foods you eat have a huge impact on the way you feel. Some foods – and the nutrients they deliver – help produce brain chemicals that make you feel happy, calm, and focused. Others can cloud your mind, sap your energy, and increase your risk of depression and anxiety.
So how can you tell which is which? Here’s a clear list of what to eat for a mood boost… what to avoid so you don’t hit a slump… plus a special “serenity now” secret ingredient that can help you feel calm, cool, and collected.
10 Foods That Can Boost Your Mood
Nutrient-dense foods provide the building blocks your body needs to produce feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA. These neurotransmitters help you feel joy and calm – In fact, you can’t experience positive emotions without them.
Making some simple dietary changes can boost your mood and help you fight depression and anxiety. Here are 10 of the best foods for promoting positive moods:
- Dark chocolate, well-known for its mood-lifting effects, contains dozens of compounds that contribute to emotional health. A study that included 13,626 adults found that eating dark chocolate reduced depressive symptoms by 57%.
- Fatty cold-water fish like salmon may not seem like comfort foods, but they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids known to fight depression and anxiety.
- Bananas, famous for their potassium content, also contain a healthy helping of tryptophan, an amino acid necessary for creating neurotransmitters like serotonin.
- Blueberries are packed with nutrients and special brain-boosting plant compounds called flavonoids. Research shows that blueberries can have improve your mood within 2 hours of eating them.
- Broccoli contains a powerful compound called sulforaphane that helps reduce depression and anxiety symptoms.
- Oats contain a special kind of fiber called beta-glucan that has positive effects on mental and physical health. A clinical study showed that eating oats for 4 weeks reduced gloomy thoughts, anxiety, inner tension, and fatigue.
- Almonds contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein that stabilize blood sugar and encourage the growth of probiotic gut bacteria – both of which help reduce symptoms of depression.
- Fermented foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut, help support a healthy gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria in your gut – full of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Probiotic gut bacteria positively affect mood through a pathway called the gut-brain axis.  A study that included 26,118 people found that higher consumption of fermented foods reduced the risk and symptoms of depression, especially in men.
- Green peas contain lots of fiber and nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin B6, and folate (vitamin B9). Foods rich in B vitamins like folate contribute to serotonin production, which promotes positive moods and reduces the risk of depression.
- Avocados are loaded with healthy fats and jam-packed with nutrients including folate and potassium. Research shows that avocado consumption can reduce anxiety symptoms
Adding this mood-boosting foods to your regular diet can help keep your mood positive and steady. But it won’t erase the impact of foods that can increase symptoms of anxiety and depression. A better move – steer clear of those mood busters.
Avoid These 8 Mood-Busting Foods
You can probably guess which types of foods are bad for your mood. They’re the foods that generally aren’t good for you in any way. Unfortunately, these mood busters taste very good which makes them extra tough to resist, especially when you’re feeling down. But avoiding them can help improve your mood… and keep you from feeling worse.
So if you’re looking for a better mood, you’ll want to stay away from:
- Sugary drinks like soda
- Refined grains
- Baked goods (like pastries)
- Processed meats
- Energy drinks
- Fried foods (sorry, French fries)
- Artificial sweeteners
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