Foods and your Mood

There are several foods that will help you improve your mood. In this article, I’d like to explain which foods these are.

Eating a banana is a great mood uplifter. Not only is a banana a great source of potassium, but they have Vitamin B6, which is known to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain.

Salmon, which contains your Omega-3s, can also be a mood elevator. Salmon is also known to have an effect on your serotonin.

Foods that have less refined sugars, and more complex carbohydrates are also great natural mood elevators. This is because the rise to blood sugar is more steady and even then it is with refined carbohydrates. And the more stable the blood sugar, the less likely you are to have big mood swings all day. Try these foods with whole grains:

1. Oatmeal – not only do oats have fiber and tons of other vitamins like Vitamin B which helps serotonin, but it is a whole grain that will raise your sugar evenly and slowly.

2. Oranges have a lot of Vitamin C which boosts the immunity. Your oranges have a soluble fiber in them, which means that the sugar in your blood is slower to absorb.

3. Brown Rice – another food that is considered a whole-grain type, and as a result, digested more slowly. Blood sugar levels with this food, especially in diabetics are more stable instead of rapid, causing logginess and mood swings.

4. Brazil nuts – are great as a mood enhancer. This is due to the fact that these nuts are a source of Selenium, which plays a role in neurotransmitters in the brain. The Vitamins B2 and also magnesium, stimulate the body in the production of zinc and also serotonin. Zinc, research says, helps to relieve your stress levels.

5. Turkey – is high in phenylanine, which is actually an amino acid that our body calls for. This substance produces dopamine, which is another mood elevator in the brain.

6. Spinach – is a great food for getting your folic acid daily. Since it contains folic acid, along with the legumes of dried beans, and lentils, it tends to be a natural depression fighter for many people who eat it steadily.

7. Blueberries – are not only great for Vitamin A and C sources, but they also contain norepinephrine, which is yet another chemical in the brain that improves moods.

Getting the right amounts of proteins helps a person’s mood a lot too. When you add the right amount of proteins to your daily diet, such as chicken, seafood and fish, and lean beef, these will help the carbohydrates you carry in your blood absorb in the right way and not too quickly.

Foods that have folate also seem to help moods. Folate is a B vitamin just as Vitamin B12 also plays a part in moods. eating breakfast with a cereal that is of a whole-grain type, is a good choice for getting your folate at the beginning of the day. Other good choices are yogurts, skim milks, lean beef, and eggs.

Your Vitamin D is also a mood role-player. This is due to the fact that, again, this vitamin plays a role in the stimulation of serotonin. Eggs and milk both contain plenty of vitamin D in the correct serving sizes. Soy milk is another great vitamin D source.

So as you can tell, by eating right and choosing vitamin-rich foods, you should feel a more stable balance emotionally, and able to function at more optimal levels during your day.