Who doesn’t love food? Food is a basic need for humans, or any other animal, in order to survive. Over time, we have developed unique ways to consume the food we eat. Unfortunately, we more often choose what pleases our pallets, than we choose what is healthy for our body and brain. If you have been feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, it might be due to the food you’re eating.
What Foods Make You Happy?
We have taken it upon ourselves to make a list of foods that will help brighten your mood. Some of these foods are:
Clams are a great source B12. Vitamin B12 triggers dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Both endorphins are related to boosting moods and battling depression. If you don’t like clams, you can find B12 in trout, salmon, red meat, poultry, dairy, and various cereals.
- Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great alternative to chips or candy. More specifically, walnuts and flax, which contain high levels of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. ALA is responsible for increasing levels of endorphins that make you happy, like dopamine and serotonin.
Coffee is a tricky one. While coffee beans have mood boosting components, the main factor may be due to the level of caffeine in coffee. According to a study from Nurses’ Health, participants who drank at least three cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to become depressed. When they increased the amount of coffee to four cups, they were 20% less likely to become depressed.
If you’re in the mood for something crunchy, radishes are a great snack. These veggies are known to release endorphins like dopamine and norepinephrine, which have been linked to happiness.
If you’re feeling anxious, it may be due to a lack of zinc in your body. Eating oysters is a great way to to get some more zinc in your diet.
Pomegranate is a tasty fruit, but its juice is even better. The benefits of consuming pomegranate go beyond happiness, as the fruit is known to reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.
The fungi can be a tasty addition to any dish. Mushrooms are known to raise the levels of selenium and magnesium in your body.
We saved the most savory option for last. Chocolate, more specifically dark chocolate, is sweet but if consumed in moderation, can come along with many health benefits. Dark chocolate contains polyphenols. This element will calm you down and put a smile on your face!
Food is a basic necessity for survival, but what we consume and the way we consume it can have different effects on our health. Eating healthy goes beyond physical appearance. What you put in your body can have a direct effect on your mood. Eat right, exercise, and take care of your body. The results may shock you.