Most people would agree that food makes them happy – but did you know there’s actual science behind it? Some foods can truly boost your mood, and I want to share a few of those with you. It’s important to note that our gut is our second brain so when we take care of it by eating a healthy diet we will feel much better overall. It is estimated that 90% of our serotonin production is in our digestive system so let’s get to feeling happy.
Here are a few of my favourite mood-boosting foods…
Dark chocolate. You may have felt like chocolate made you happier, but now it’s been scientifically proven as well. It’s been shown that eating dark chocolate each day lowers your levels of stress hormones and therefore makes you happier. This isn’t a free pass to eat endless amounts of chocolate, but a little piece won’t hurt – in fact, it could actually help!
Fruits & Veggies. All the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that come from a lifestyle filled with vegetables and fruits allows you to release neurotransmitters that make you happy. Therefore, incorporating this rainbow of food into your life is great for your mood and health.
Fatty fish. The omega 3’s that come from fatty fish like wild salmon and tuna provides your body with the nutrients it needs to feel less stressed, a lot more relaxed and happy. Another benefit of omega 3 is its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. If it helps you reduce pain that’s an added bonus to boost your mood.
Saffron. Have you heard of saffron before? Saffron is a spice from India. Conducted research showed that only a little bit of saffron a day makes serotonin more available to the brain. Saffron has also been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms.
Along with eating mood-boosting foods, you can also make an effort to exercise on a regular basis for more mood boosting benefits. The endorphins that are released during exercise have a powerful effect that can last the whole day and set you up for success. Another great practice to boost your mood is by keeping a daily gratitude journal. Every day write down at least 3 things you are grateful for and really think deeply about them. When we are in a state of gratitude it completely transforms our perspective and mood.
Enjoy your food, make healthy decisions and you will be happy!
If you are struggling with your mood, please seek medical attention from a licensed medical professional. These tips are not to take the place of medical assistance.