Mood Food - Foods That Improve Your Mood

Mood Food - Foods That Improve Your Mood


Don''t let emotional problems become an excuse to let your healthy eating habits slide. Nutritious food is fundamental to your emotional wellbeing.

Carbohydrate foods naturally boost serotonin, helping you feel happier. Meanwhile, protein foods make you feel more alert and energetic and the healthy fats support optimal brain function. It is therefore important to balance healthy carbohydrates with adequate amounts of good fats and lean protein.

Carbohydrates such as fruit, vegetables and whole grain foods provide glucose for sustained energy. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can lead to psychological disturbances as the brain requires a constant supply of glucose, the primary fuel source. A fall in available glucose leads to fatigue, irritability and loss of concentration.

Your brain relies on protein to make neurotransmitters, the mood enhancing chemicals. Protein foods contain individual building blocks called amino acids - think tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine.

Amino acids are needed to manufacture these happy brain chemicals, with serotonin the shining light when it comes to mood regulation. When your serotonin levels are in sync you feel happy, you sleep soundly and you eat well.

The richest source of essential amino acids are found in fresh fish, lean meat, soy products, dairy foods, organic eggs and the grains quinoa and amaranth.

Cold water fish, organic eggs, avocadoes, extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil and raw nuts and seeds provide a plentiful supply of healthy fats, providing important nutritional support for the brain and nerve cells.

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Note:This information should not be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your health practitioner. If you suspect you are experiencing depression, promptly seek professional advice. Do not cease taking your prescribed medication without the consent of your doctor.