Can FOOD improve my MOOD?
We tend to think that diets are only for those who want to lose weight or those who are restricted to specific types of food for medical reasons. Actually, a healthy and balanced diet is not only beneficial for your body and physical health but also for your mental and emotional health. It is about starting to adopt small changes to your current food ritual and noticing how your body communicates with yourself.
In this article, you’ll discover a series of “key food” that will transform your wellbeing. Start to improve your life through the incredible benefits that food offer!
Back to nature!
Choose to consume food that is least chemically treated (ideally from organic farming). Nowadays, there are more than 80,000 chemical products in our environment. When we eat them, we introduce them in our bodies, which weakens our immune system. That’s why it’s important to try to find a link between nature and yourself. A small vegetable garden or even some aromatic plants at home are a good starting point. Cultivating your own food will increase your motivation and make you become a healthier person without doing any extra effort, just by starting to enjoy life!
Get familiar with the juice industry
A natural juice, nutritionally rich, is the best way to ensure an explosion of energy for the whole day. By adding food containing good fats, such as avocado or almond butter, you will feel this energy boost for even longer.
Start to consume more eggs, proteins, salad, and cabbage. For dessert, eat some dairy products as well as tropical fruits such as plantain banana or pineapple. These aliments help to produce serotonin, a soothing hormone that automatically makes your motivation and optimism levels go up.
On another hand, several studies have shown that a deficiency of B6 vitamin leads to an important excess of irritability. Therefore, eating food containing high level of B6 vitamin such as lentils, wheat germs, and natural baking powder, will help to improve your mood and increase relaxation.
Go for chocolate! Not only it tastes good but it also does good. Chocolate triggers serotonin production in your body, the well-being and pleasure hormone.
Meats, green vegetables, fermented cheeses, and soya beans will recharge your dopamine reserves, also known as the happiness hormone.
If you want to be more optimistic, keep reading…
According to a study published in 2010 by the US National Library of Medicine, optimists are more likely to have access to a better quality of life. Optimism has a significant impact on mental and physical well-being. To become a more optimistic person, eat more salmon.
Each 100 grams of salmon contains between 0.5 and 1.5 grams of Omega 3, which has many benefits. In addition to fighting the excess of cholesterol through its anti-inflammatory virtues, Omega 3 makes you more optimistic. Several scientific studies have shown that those who consume salmon are less depressed and less affected by depression. What a great reason to include it in your menu!
For an energy boost… here is what you need to do
Bread, whole grains, dried fruits, etc. are all carbohydrate-rich foods that will bring necessary fuel to your brain.
Caffeine stimulates your brain but watch out for excesses! You may get upset and sleep badly if you abuse this drink. That’s why we recommend you to replace your morning coffee by a natural and homemade juice that will provide you the same levels of energy you need during these early hours of the day.
Finally, chocolate also contains theobromine, which reinforces the activity of norepinephrine, the motivation hormone. So again, go for chocolate! But remember, everything good is bad in excess. Therefore, go slowly with this kind of food.
Stress, let me be!
Start making friends with magnesium. This mineral acts on the muscular system by increasing relaxation. It participates in the regulation of the heart rhythm and takes part in more than 300 metabolic reactions. According to a study conducted in France, 20% of women have a lack of magnesium. Aliments rich in magnesium such as chocolate, dried fruits, and dried vegetables, are also heavy in calories. Thus, they are often removed from the plate in order to keep an eye on our waistline.
Moreover, in some cases, the industrial refinement that some food undergo decreases their magnesium content. When you are in a bad mood, when you feel overwhelmed or tired, these are the best moment to increase your magnesium intake.
In addition to magnesium, you will also find good results by consuming food rich in lithium. Less known than magnesium, this alkali metal has been used since the 1960’s to treat manic-depressive psychoses. Lithium is also used in oligo therapy, where administered doses are much lower, to regulate mood disorders. Lithium used in oligo therapy soothes anxiety, irritability, and hyperactivity without any of the side effects produced by lithium used in psychiatry (nausea, tremors, dizziness, …).
You will find lithium in eggs, fish, meats, green vegetables, cereals, etc.