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Sad, sluggish, grumpy, irritable, fatigued – no matter what you feel like and how inconsolable you are, food is the answer. But before reaching out for that slice of pizza, that bowl of french fries or that cola, make sure you check out these healthier options. Yes girls, there are various food products that can change your mood within minutes, for better; thanks to “happy hormone” boosting properties. Let’s get started with it then! 🙂
1. Greek Yoghurt
This top rated dairy product is packed with many minerals and vitamins. It releases ‘happiness’ neurotransmitters thus reducing irritability, mood swings and anxiety. A great pick for mood boosting, and that too with minimum calories.
Oily fatty fish are enriched with omega 3 fatty acids which not only are healthy for body, brain, skin, hair eyes and heart, but also potent mood lifters. Omega-3s can alter brain chemicals linked with mood—specifically dopamine and serotonin.
3. Black beans and Kidney beans
Power loaded with Vitamin B12 and folic acids, these lower depression and tension symptoms. Plus they are low on calories and make for filling meals.
Saffron is a powerful cure for anxiety and depression, and especially benefits women with PMS symptoms. In fact, it is proven that saffron has antidepressant effects comparable to the antidepressants fluoxetine (Prozac) and imipramine (Tofranil).
When you’re stressed, the scent of coconut may blunt your natural “fight or flight” response, thereby slowing your heart rate. Also, researchers are speculating that inhaling a pleasant scent enhances alertness while soothing our response to stress.
Instead of going overboard with caffeine intake, soothe your crankiness with a cup of green or oolong tea. These are enriched with antioxidants and amino acids, boosting memory, concentration and energy.
7. Crunchy fruits and Veggies
Apples, carrots, green vegetables like spinach affect neurotransmitters positively. Instead of processed, refined foods and deserts which aid in causing depression, these natural fiber and nutrient loaded foods boost body system. Another reason to eat healthy, whole foods!
So, this is not a new thing, what say girls? Give us some yummy chocolate any day and see how our mood brightens! It has been scientifically proven that eating 1-1.5 ounces of dark chocolate reduces stress hormones like cortisol and improves concentration. Time to dig into a chocolate bar.
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