My name is Annabel Ruffell and I am the founder of Journey for Earth, a socially conscious media company that shares the personal journeys of inspiring individuals making a positive impact in the world.
On a regular basis I am also going to be posting other peoples articles that I find inspiring – and also inviting people to submit a piece – on the topics of: environment, animals, humanity, health, parenting, and anything else that inspires thought, connection and supports us in being the best that we can be.
My guest post today is by Tammy Mahan who has been a freelance writer for several years. She specializes in medical and health related topics. She frequently submits articles to Healthline.com.
Foods that Boost Your Mood
Food does more than just provide the body with energy. Substances that work on the level of brain cells or at a neuronal level are found in some foods. They can result in the mood being boosted when they are eaten by working with chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters that are found in the brain.
It might be time to examine the things that you are eating and drinking to determine if they are causing your mood to be trashed. Experts in nutrition believe that foods can affect the way you feel both immediately and in the long run.
You are likely to end up in a better mood if you eat foods that contain lots of the minerals and vitamins that follow!
A great source for vitamin B12 is shellfish. They can be eaten fried, steamed, baked, and raw or made into chowder. Shellfish are also a source of copper, iron and zinc. Out of all shellfish, the most B12 is found in clams.
Folic Acid (Folate)
- Fortified Breads
- Fortified Cereals
- Leafy greens
- Oily fish like cod
- Vitamin D fortified cereal
Vitamin D can affect mood in addition to being important to the bones and health of the immune system. Seasonal affective disorder in women, premenstrual syndrome and depression are among the mood disorders that have been associated with low levels of vitamin D.
- Citrus fruits
- Red bell peppers
Vitamin C is best known for supporting the immune system, but it can also aid the body with anxiety and stress. A study of high doses of vitamin C being taken over fourteen days had participants that reported lessened depression. It is best to get vitamin C from foods since it can be dangerous in high doses.
The mood elevating chemicals in chocolate are what makes you feel good. These chemicals are caffeine, tyrosine, theobromine and tryptophan. There are more health benefits in dark chocolate than milk chocolate. There are usually antioxidants and less fat than milk chocolate contained in it.
Another way to indirectly boost your mood is to eat vegetables and fruits. There are nutrients contained in them that aid the body in functioning properly, which makes you feel healthier. A person will feel better about themself, and is less likely to be depressed when they eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. This will change the overall outlook on life.
The blue moods, anxiety and fears are not going to completely go away with only changes to the diet. There have been studies showing that your mood is impacted a great deal, by what you eat. In addition, other things can lift your mind, spirit and body. These include limiting the amounts of carbohydrates and processed foods that are eaten, being consistent at eating through the day, eating a good deal of foods that are in this list and including protein and soluble fiber in the diet.
By Tammy Mahan
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