Foods that Boost your Mood

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By Lizzie Meyers

Unless you’re Dumb & Dumber’s Lloyd Christmas, there are undoubtedly days when you feel a bit down, anxious or stressed. It is human nature to experience a fluctuation of emotions, and unfortunately when a bad mood strikes, it can seriously ruin your day. It can be as if one day you’re on top of the world, and the next everyone is driving you crazy. Before resorting to a giant bag of potato chips, try these common foods that boast the secret power to turn that frown upside down.

Feelin’ blue?

If you find yourself feeling down in the dumps for no apparent reason, eat some whole grains or have a glass of low-fat milk. These foods contain vitamin-D, which helps release a happiness inducing chemical in your brain called serotonin. It is important to note that experiencing mood swings on a regular basis can be the result of a vitamin-D or calcium deficiency, in which case you should consult you doctor on how to manage this issue.

According to the authors of The Happiness Diet, cherry tomatoes are a good source of cheer, too. They are chock-full of folate and magnesium, which help boost your mood, as well as a chemical called lycopene known to fight certain compounds linked to depression. Throw a few on your salad for a quick picker-upper, or chow down on them whole for a mid-day snack.

Experiencing unprovoked anger?

How DARE the delivery guy forget your extra side of fries! Rather than pull out the ketchup bottle and aim fire, take a deep breath and brew yourself some green tea. Studies have determined that L-theanine, a chemical found in green tea, immediately releases inhibitory neurotransmitters in your brain to promote a calming effect. Make sure to have some green tea bags on hand for the next time you’re feeling a bit irritable.

 Is anxiety holding you back?

Deadlines for work, home life, and other stressors can evoke feelings of anxiety. This anxiety can hinder your work flow and keep you from getting anything done. Sound familiar? If so, add some salmon or shrimp to your plate. The omega-3 from these fish has been proven to ease stress and anxiety.

Not a seafood lover? Dark chocolate can also reduce anxiety by lowering a stress hormone in your brain called cortisol. Sweet deal!

Next time you’re not feeling quite like yourself, pay attention to what you eat. Skip the fatty, sugary snacks, which are likely to worsen your mood and try one of our bad-mood-fighting tricks instead.

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