Wednesday, September 15

Mood Food

Do you believe that the food we eat affects our mood? Well, I do. In fact, there is evidence that some foods do affect our moods. If you are feeling stressed and you want to lighten up a little, here are the foods that you should have:

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  • Foods rich in Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids . Examples of these are walnuts, salmon, and sardines. These fatty acids are needed by the brain cells and mood-lifting neurotransmitters to function properly. 
  • Foods rich in high soluble fiber. Always try to have healthy servings of whole grains like oats and fruits like apples and strawberries. Fibrous foods help normalize blood sugar levels, thus, giving you more stable mood patterns throughout the day.
  • Caffeine. Yes, it's true. Some people do get cranky when they haven't had their cup of coffee yet. Avoid too much caffeine, though. Too much caffeine will only make you nervous and irritable. Stick to just an 8 ounce cup in the morning. Have some green tea instead when you feel the urge for coffee in the afternoon.
  • Foods rich in folate. Go for legumes like lentils and beans, vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, and liver. Low levels of folate are linked to depression.

So there you have it. Let's stay full, happy, and healthy!

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