We all know that food has the power to improve our day – whether it is a special treat or a warm, home cooked meal. But did you know that certain foods are scientifically proven to boost your mood? Here are 10 of them:
You’re probably thinking, “Duh, who doesn’t take a bite out of a chocolate bar and feel an instant dose of happiness?” According to science, eating just over 1oz for 2-weeks everyday can actually help to reduce stress hormones!
Even thinking about oranges just makes you feel happy! These tangy treats are chalk full of B6 and folic acids, vitamins which have shown to be lacking in people who suffer from depression.
Like a warm hug in a mug, there are few things as soothing as a cup of your favorite tea. To help clear your head, it is suggested that 5-6 daily cups of either oolong, green or black tea will help to improve your alertness and attention!
Now this may surprise you, but some researchers believe that this special spice has the same mood-lifting effects as Prozac! Most notably, saffron has been known to reduce symptoms of PMS, depression and mood swings.
Well, it certainly makes everything sweeter! It is suggested that depression is a symptom of low-grade inflammation. Luckily, honey is packed full of compounds to help reduce inflammation.
We all know avocado is brimming with deliciousness, but it is also full of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter associated with happiness!
- Chia Seeds
Many of us add a spoonful or so to smoothies to pack an extra punch, but did you know they’re filled with omega-3s? If you’re not into fatty fish, stock up on chia seeds!
- Greek Yogurt
Disturbances in your body’s calcium levels can actually have a negative impact on your mood and contribute to anxiety, depression, irritability and slow thinking. Fortunately, Greek yogurt has a huge amount of calcium and digestion boosting probiotics!
With such a tropical scent, even just the smell of it can be uplifting! We’re not joking – simply the smell of coconut can reduce anxiety induced ‘fight or flight’ responses in times of stress.
Its no surprise that your favourite comfort food may provide some instant gratification, but healthy carbs can actually help in producing serotonin!
What foods make you happy? Share them with us on Facebook!