It’s well known that what we eat influences significantly how we feel, and the overall state of our health. “Let food be thy medicine” said Aristotle. But did you know that some foods can also lift your spirits?
In this blog we explore 6 foods to incorporate in your weekly diet.
Blueberries, blackberries and the likes are so delicious and contain powerful antioxidants, including the critical Vitamin C which is critical in its role with Cortisol, the hormone that is released when we are stressed.
2. Cold water fish (Salmon, Tuna)
All cold water fish aka sardines, mackerel, trout – possess high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, essential for the brain and alleviating anxiety and keeping us calm.
Black beans, lentils and lima beans are a fantastic source of fibre and protein and contain high levels of magnesium, a wonder mineral that helps relax.
4. Herbal tea
Many herbal teas, such as chamomile, have calming properties. Black, green, white and red (rooibos) teas are also rich in antioxidants. Drinking a cup of warm tea can relieve stress and lift the spirits. Try swapping that second cup of coffee in the morning with green tea – it will keep you alert without the jitters.
5. Leafy green veggies
Eat your greens! Did you know that kale is loaded with mood-moderating magnesium and raw spinach contains bliss-enhancing nutrients. They also are a great source of Vitamin C – you cannot go wrong by eating your greens. Ever.
6. Dark chocolate
Many people would choose chocolate as their ultimate vice food. The very taste of chocolate can produce a near euphoric state in many people. Brain healthy dark chocolate is full of protein and fiber and supports a positive mood and healthy cognition. Choose 70% cocoa and moderation in this case, is advised.
Starchy foods such as rice, pasta, potatoes, white bread, sugar, as well as alcohol and caffeine can all trigger mood swings.