Food is not only a mean of keeping us alive, but it was proven that food can influence our mood both directly and indirectly. By direct influence I mean that, when you hear there is food that you like for lunch you get excited and happy and you feel satisfied after the meal, and when you are forced to eat something you don’t enjoy you may get unhappy and have a bad mood. The indirect influence is by the nutrients each type of food provides, nutrients rich foods provide the body with its needs to function at its best rate, while calories rich and nutrients-poor meals will only get you bloated and your body will have to suffer for hours over working to process that food.
Don’t forget a healthy life is equal to a happy life and one of the means to achieve a healthy life is a healthy diet.
Here’s a list of the foods that can improve your mood almost instantly.
Chocolate is probably the most common mood boosting food known in all cultures, it contains antioxidants that have a positive effect on one’s mood, it also stimulate the reward response in the brain which makes you feel happy and satisfied, dark chocolate is richer in nutrients and contains less calories so make it your choice.
2- Ice Cream.
Ice creams work on the same line as chocolate in terms of boosting the mood, the sugar in general activate the reward response in the brain which makes you feel happier and can mask sad feelings of disappointment. But that is not it, ice cream also contain the milk proteins which contain amino acids that promote the production of serotonin.
Cheese specially when accompanied with carbohydrates is different comfort food, the proteins in cheese promote the production of serotonin and the carbohydrates allow the body to absorb these amino acids easier so you will surely feel happier after an extra topping of cheese on your pizza and it is worth the extra calories.
Fruits are good sources of water, sugar and nutrients, three key factors that lead to a good mood.
Dehydration is a main reason for lack of energy and sad feelings, the water contained in fruits can prevent or treat minor dehydration and maintain your energy levels high.
The sugar and the nutrients especially vitamin C and antioxidants found in the fruits will provide the body with its needs to function at its best rate which is another thing that keep depression at bay.
Nuts are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as sea food and flaxseed, the omega-3 is needed to ensure to proper function for the brain which is another thing that prevent depression and maintain a good mood and a positive spirit.