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Foods to Boost Mood


It is true, food can affect your mood. There are many foods that can improve your mood, there is a direct correlation between what you eat and your mood. Research has determined a strong link between serotonin and mood. Up to 95% of our serotonin receptors are in our gut. Makes sense why gut health plays such an important role in overall mental health and mood. A healthy diet is linked to an increase in happy hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. Mood boosting foods should be loaded with zinc, folate, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, iron, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are known to boost your mood, decrease depressive moods and anxiety. With an added bonus of energy increase. On the other end of this there are foods that are known to deplete your energy and lower your mood. Foods that are high in sugar, high in trans fats and saturated fats, heavily processed foods, and high sodium foods can steal your energy and bring your mood down. Excessive sugar and caffeine can increase anxiety. Some foods that can help increase mood boosting hormones include: Fruits and vegetables- especially kale, spinach, berries, avocados, bananas

Whole grains- especially those with a good source of B vitamins. Fish - fish high in omega 3, or anything high in omega 3s like chia and flax seeds, hemp hearts. Dark chocolate. Yes I said Chocolate!

Fermented foods such as kimchi, foods with probiotics, kombucha Green Tea and coffee (in moderation) Olive Oil Nuts Beans Lean meats

Dairy foods

Spicy foods -stimulate endorphin production It is important to understand that there are many things that can influence your mood besides just food such as lack of sleep, stress, genetic disorders, and clinical diagnosis of mental health disorders. It is always a good idea to discuss any depressive, anxiety, or fatigue symptoms with a healthcare professional.


Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace treatment from your professional health care team. Use this information at your own risk and judgement. If you suspect you have a medical condition you should seek professional healthcare help. This information it to help guide you to achieve better health.



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