Depression, anxiety and stress often bog us down due to several reasons. Sometimes, we dont even know why we are sad or upset. In such cases, you generally try to divert your mind or calm your nerves through meditation and positive thinking.
Even after self-counselling, if your mood doesnt improve, then pop these foods to feel happy instantly. Nothing looks good on an empty stomach, so these readily available foods will not only fill you up, but also boost your mood.
We all know that the brain is composed of 60% of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), which is a type of omega-3 fatty acids. Our brain needs good fats to function properly, these good fats are also called essential fatty acids (EFA).
Omega-3 fatty acid is an essential acid that contributes up to 18% of brains weight. As the body cannot produce this acid naturally, one has to eat omega-3 rich foods such as salmon, sardines, halibut and walnuts.
Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids causes fatigue, mood swings, depression and loss of memory. American Heart Association (AHA) states that it is important to eat different varieties of fish at least twice a week. Vegetarians should have foods such as chia seeds, flax seeds and soybeans to get their daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Heres a quick recipe to uplift your mood. Make an instant mood lifting salad with broccoli (blanch the broccoli in hot water for a few minutes and strain), cherry tomatoes (contains lycopene, which also improves mood) and nuts (cashews, Brazil nuts and almond are good for brain). Add a dash of olive oil, pepper and lemon juice.
Eating spinach daily will also boost your energy levels and mood. Add spinach to lentils, salads, soups or stews to make it tasty and healthy.
Another reason to celebrate is that turkey is healthy and you can have it anytime. It is also rich in iron which helps transport oxygen, boost energy levels and increase muscle strength. One third cup of turkey contains 2.0mg of iron. Women should have 18mg of iron and men should take 8mg.
Low levels of iron can lead to fatigue and depression. Include, turkey in your salad and sandwiches to make it healthy, so that you are happy munching it.
Dark chocolate also reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, and protects the health of arteries by reducing LDL cholesterol and boosting the levels of HDL or good cholesterol. And in the process reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
The only bad news is that chocolate is packed with calories so you can eat only a square or a two per day.
Other than these five foods, you can also add other products such as Greek yogurt (rich in protein and calcium), eggs, mussels, Swiss chard, asparagus, mushrooms and chickpeas to your daily diet. A healthy body acts as an antidote for depression and fatigue. So eat your way to happiness!