How To Boost Your Mood With Food
We all want to be successful and productive at work but that does not happen when you are feeling low. At Reset Button we believe a balanced diet creates a well-balanced mood and to ensure this happens it’s important to incorporate certain food types into your normal diet.
Our brains are naturally tuned into eating to make us feel better and our bodies respond in a variety of ways to different types of food. Unfortunately a lot of food that tastes fantastic leaves you feeling pretty rough afterwards. For instance, bad carbohydrates such as white bread and deep fried food, will often leave you feeling bloated and down in the dumps. And, being down in the dumps can also damage the immune system, slow down weight loss and lead to tension headaches.
It has been proven that there is a direct link between what we eat and how we feel. Unfortunately people suffering from depression often exacerbate the problem by eating the wrong food. However, it is possible to fight depression by eating foods that will infuse the body with useful nutrients allowing the brain to produce neurotransmitters that will give you a natural high.
Here are some tasty, easily found mood-boosting foods.
1. Avocado – natural hormone balancers that keep your brain creating the right chemicals to keep you feeling great! It also has plenty of other benefits from protecting the heart to helping with digestion.
2. Grapes – are packed with antioxidants, in particular flavonoids, which have been found to affect mood
3. Salmon – wild salmon is one of the best foods for mood and brain health. It contains Vitamin B12 vital for warding off depression and staying mentally healthy. Also it contains mood stabilising essential fatty acids
4. Sesame seeds – contain an amino acid, tyrosine, that increases levels of the feel good hormone, dopamine while at the same time balancing out others.
5. Strawberries – are rich in a wide range of nutrients including vitamins A and C and manganese. All good for protecting against brain degeneration and helping boost happy chemicals.
6. Nuts – are full of serotonin a feel good chemical that is depleted when we are depressed. They are also full of antioxidants and healthy fats.
It’s a good idea to have some of these snacks to hand at your desk so that they are the most easily reachable treat.
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