Sometimes when are feeling down, we are tempted to indulge in sweets, chocolates and macaroni cheese. While these comfort foods may help temporarily, they often leave us feeling even worse in the long run. It is important to understand how to use food to pick us up and keep us up in a healthy way.

The best pick-me-ups

Here are some foods that can boost your mood:

Fish
Many kinds of seafood contains omega 3 fatty acids. These oils are essential for your brain to function optimally and to reduce anxiety. Salmon, mackerel and trout are good sources.

Dark chocolate
Chocolate with 70% or more of cocoa has shown to have incredible health benefits. Limit yourself when eating dark chocolate, and you may reap the benefits of endorphins and boost serotonin levels. You are also getting in some antioxidants, lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow.

Mussels
Mussels provide vitamin B12, which is important because if we lack this vitamin it can lead to depression and fatigue. They also contain zinc, selenium and iodine which regulates the thyroid and mood.

Berries

Antioxidants are great for brain health, and berries have tons of antioxidants. A cup a day will improve gut health and won’t lead to a sugar spike – leaving your with a consistent mood.

Oats

Oats are low GI which means that they slowly release energy and your sugar levels, and mood, stay stable. Oats also contain selenium which are well known for boosting mood.

Water

Water affects all bodily functions and even slight dehydration will cause fatigue. This affects your ability to concentrate and your mood.

These are some simple, healthy ways to boost your mood. Remember that a consistently healthy diet over a long period of time is the best way to maintain a positive mood.

Have a great day

Lots of light and love xx

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