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Foods have a marked impact on our moods, but too many times when we’re struggling to get through the day, we reach for the very snacks that only bring us down: sweets, refined carbohydrates and other processed foods.When you eat unhealthy junk foods, you set in motion a silent, chronic inflammation that wreaks havoc on your body.
Not only does that affect your physical health, but it also impacts your overall mood.While unhealthy foods can promote a negative outlook, the good news is that healthier options can also produce a positive one.By adding these nine mood-boosting foods into your diet, you’ll reduce low-level inflammation throughout your body, and help transform a down day into a happy one:
Studies show that yogurt can increase levels of serotonin, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter, making it a tasty way to help fight depression. Plus, cultured and fermented foods promote good gut health. That’s critical since the gut is where most of the body’s serotonin is found.Other fermented foods to add to your shopping list: kefir, sauerkraut, pickles and kimchee.
Besides boosting your mood, they’ll also add beneficial bacteria that protect the lining of the gut and prevent inflammation throughout the body.
Thanks to its higher levels of a chemical called tryptophan and the mineral selenium, turkey has an edge over other types of poultry. The tryptophan triggers serotonin, while the anti-inflammatory selenium helps to fight depression.
This summer staple is a particularly rich source of folic acid, a natural mood booster. The high levels of folate in asparagus also help to alleviate symptoms of mild depression, like lack of energy and foggy thinking. For a happy snack, try dipping spears in Greek yogurt or sour cream, which are dense in calming calcium.
Dark, leafy greens
Dark, leafy greens — think spinach, kale or collard greens — are high in mood-boosting magnesium, which creates a feeling of calm and plays a large role in the development of serotonin.
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