Fatty fish (salmon, tuna) are rich in omega-3s, beneficial for heart and mind. Omega-3s act as anti-inflammatory agents, aiding mood and combating depression.
"Dark chocolate boosts mood; studies link it to lower depression odds. Cocoa polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, while psychoactive elements evoke positive feelings."
"Fermented foods (sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchi) aid gut health and may boost mood. Probiotics in these foods increase serotonin levels, the 'happy hormone.'"
"Brazil nuts rich in selenium, vital for immunity, antioxidants, and thyroid hormones. High selenium intake linked to lower depression rates; deficiencies tied to depression."
"Beat winter blues with greens! Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, Swiss chard) are B vitamin-rich, influencing mood and brain functions. Bananas and eggs are alternative sources."
"Coffee boosts mood: Caffeine blocks adenosine, promoting alertness and attention, countering tiredness. Positive effect on mood despite jittery feelings."
"Beans, legumes & complex carbs lower unhealthy carb cravings, stabilize blood sugar, curb mood swings. Microbiome-friendly fiber aids moodiness reduction."
"Carbs can boost mood if chosen wisely. Comfort foods like whole grain bread, potatoes, and pasta provide ease in digestion and absorption, making us feel better."
"Pumpkin seeds (pepitas) rich in magnesium, vital for mood. Many Americans lack magnesium, linked to depression. Incorporate for improved well-being."
"Tea's mood-boosting: L-theanine, an amino acid in green & black tea, reduces stress, anxiety, and enhances overall mood. Blue Zones embrace this practice."