Food that Makes you Happy

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Happy FoodWe all want to be happy. Some food can have a positive impact on how you feel mentally and emotionally. Ensuring your diet incorporates all major food groups will keep you going strong all day long, and adding in certain foods to each group can help you feel energetic, positive and happy.

Cereal

High in folate (a natural form of folic acid), fortified breakfast cereal can boost your level of Serotonin, the brain chemical that regulates mood and appetite. Low levels of serotonin can make you feel depressed, tired or anxious.

Fish

Especially fish like salmon and herring contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids help your brain interpret moods, thoughts and feelings. Low levels of Omega 3 acids can cause depression and other mood disorders. In addition they help lower the cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and that lowers the risk of heart disease. If you don’t like fish, have 10 walnuts a day instead, which will give you the same effect.

Nuts

All types of nuts are very nutritious. Walnuts are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, a mood-boosting mineral that can help you from feeling anxious or depressed.

Yogurt

It’s a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium eases mood swings, depression, irritability and nervousness, especially in women who suffer from PMS. Vitamin D also helps relieve symptoms of depression.

Mangosteen

It contains a large number of vitamins and antioxidants. What makes the mangosteen unique is a new class of chemical compounds known as xanthones, whose properties may help with depression, and may also be antiviral, anti-tumor, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic. Mangosteen can also help fight fatigue and generate energy and vitality.

Chocolate

Here’s the best dietary news we’ve heard in years: Dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa contains magnesium that acts as a natural anti-depressant and increases your libido by releasing endorphins (the chemical that’s released by your brain when you are in love!). Eating a few squares of dark chocolate every other day will not only give you a mood boost but will also fulfill your sweet cravings. Read more about the health benefits of chocolate in Eat Chocolate, It’s Good for You.

References:

“Good Mood Food”, Glow Magazine, July/August 2006

“Mangosteen, an Asian Gem”, Vista Magazine Issue 42

 

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