When your mood is low, snacking on brownies is probably the only thing you want to do. My favorite sad snack is chocolate chip cookies. Although they taste good, and one bite can alleviate your stress, it doesn’t last as long as you want.
Long term, unhealthy foods do reduce the body's ability to react to stress, and eventually your body may crash.
Instead of reaching for junk food, I will share five foods that will boost your mood and will make you feel good in the long term.
Salmon and Tuna
Omega-3s in Salmon and Tuna can travel through the brain's membrane and interact with any mood-related molecules in the brain. It’s essential to keep this fatty acid in your diet because your body cannot produce it on its own.
Kombucha is excellent at helping your gut digest your foods. 90% of your body’s serotonin is produced in the gut so probiotics will help your stomach and mood. Serotonin is primarily found in your digestive system. If you’re worried about the taste of kombucha, there are a variety of flavors available.
Blueberries are filled with more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. They have a high content of antioxidants known as flavonoids. It helps activate your brain's pathways associated with improved cognition and reduced cellular aging.
Dark leafy greens contain folate and magnesium, nutrients that are essential in reducing stress and boosting mood. Foods like spinach, kale, and arugula help support the brain and can prevent cognitive decline.
Try making kale chips if you’re thinking about eating potato chips whenever you’re stressed out. They’ll taste good, and you could season them any way you want.
Even though sugary treats and junk food might give you temporary relief, you don’t have to cut them out of your life. Indulge in them when you want to, but try these foods out if you’re looking for something new to add.
Disclaimer: The information stated in this article is for educational purposes only. The information stated is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease, condition, or other physical or mental ailment of the human body. The desire to make any changes to one's dietary habits or supplementation should be consulted and discussed with a licensed medical professional.