While Seratonin is often pointed to as the primary creator of a happy mood, and decreased depression symptoms, did you know that being deficient in certain important nutrients and vitamins can also cause you to have a depressed mood? Here are three foods you can eat to boost your mood, naturally, and without having to take pharmaceutical drugs:
- Omega 3s – these are often found in fish oils, salmon, tuna, and sardines, krill as well as other deep sea inhabitants, but you can also find Omega 3s in vegetarian foods like hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and flaxseed, just to name a few. These powerful antioxidants not only improve your mood and decrease suicidal thoughts, but they also lower your cholesterol and improve your overall cardiovascular health. They can boost your sex drive and help you sleep better too.
- Got to Love Brown Rice – this worldwide food staple feeds more than 80% of the population around the globe. It is full of important B vitamins, which are known to balance the glycemic index and balance out mood swings caused by sugar spikes and dives in the blood. B1 and B3, as well as folic acid abound in brown rice. It also helps with digestion and heart health. Try eating whole grain or long grain brown rice instead of anything that says ‘instant on it so that you can get the full spectrum of nutrients which are in the unprocessed version.
- Raw Cacao – skip the chocolate bars laden with refined sugar and find some raw cacao nibs or pieces at your local health food store. This super food boosts your mood and brain functioning and also promotes longevity without any side effects. The antioxidant packed food is full of reversatrol, catchetins, and epicatchetins as well as oligomeric procynanidins. Trytophan, present in raw cacao, will also calm down an anxious mind. These big words translate to a natural seratonin boost as well as a happier you.
For a super mood-boosting, depression-knocking meal, try ginger-glazed salmon with brown rice and some raw cacao bars for dessert. You’ll feel naturally happier, and full too.
About the Author
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.
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