Consuming healthy foods is one of the best ways to fuel our bodies with nutrition. There are lots of foods that also have hormone balancing effects. Just as there are foods that help boost our mood and can also help with depression or low moods. Below are 5 foods that can help boost your mood.
Dark chocolate has been shown to reduce stress hormones, including cortisol. This food is relaxing and gives us an all over feel good sensation. However, be sure to be mindful of the calories. I eat 1-2 of these dark chocolate yummy squares every day. Not only do they boost your mood, they satisfy cravings for bad foods. You can also try using this raw cacao powder in your smoothies or these cacao nibs on a coconut yogurt parfait.
Saffron has been shown to decrease mood swings, PMS symptoms, and depression. It has even been tested to be as or more effective as antidepressants. Add saffron to rice, as a seasoning in other foods, or get veggie capsules of it.
Carbs are a great way to re-energize for an athlete. Healthy carbs have been shown to boost your mood. The carbs help release serotonin which causes the brain to feel good. Be sure to eat mostly whole grains like quinoa, sprouted black rice, gluten free oats (check out this shake recipe with peanut butter, or sprouted bread. Plus, keep in mind fruits, sweet potatoes, and other foods have carbs in them as well and are just as effective.
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Smelling coconut has been shown to take us out of fight or flight. When we are stressed the smell increases alertness and soothes our response to stress. Even blood pressure has been shown to recover.
Bananas are high in B6, a vitamin that increases serotonin. Bananas also have tryptophan which are mood-regulating. I like to add bananas to my smoothies.
I hope this helps you on your health journey. As many of you know, I love hearing from our community. Know of any other foods that boost your mood? Let us know in the comment section below.
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