Although eating food whenever you are stressed, can be a rather unhealthy habit, it can lead to a disorder known as emotional eating which validates the claim that, the food you eat can affect your mood. Whatever you eat affects the chemicals (neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphin, dopamine etc) in your blood and the level of your blood sugar. Both glucose level in the blood and chemicals in your brain are directly responsible for your mood.
There are some mood enhancing supplements on the market, but it is not necessary to use them in order to feel better. A healthy diet will also provide plenty of completely natural mood enhancers.
Eat That Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The best breakfast meal should incorporates whole grains, eggs and fruit or fruit juice. Whole grain cereals or bread are a must in the morning, because they will regulate the level of blood sugar, during the day and also increase production of tryptophan in the brain. This amino acid will then boost the production of serotonin, which is proven to lift up your spirit. Some dairy products will also help you to deal with anxiety and stress.
Meat and Seafood
Chicken, beef and lean pork meat are great sources of the amino acid tyrosine and vitamin B12, which are believed to be natural mood boosters. Omega 3 essential fatty acids and selenium, found in fish, oysters, crab and clams will help you get through the day.
Fruits and Veggies
Whenever you feel down, try eating some avocado, banana or strawberries, and you will immediately feel better. Spinach, lettuce and all other green leafy vegetables are rich in folate. There are scientific studies showing that people fighting with clinical depression usually lack folate, so to improve your current mood always add some of these vegetables to your daily menu.
Legumes and nuts contain selenium and omega 3 fatty acids and because of these they are worth eating when you feel down.
Chocolate and Physical Activity for Happiness
Well, it’s true – a piece of dark chocolate will make you feel better, because it of the content of theobromine and caffeine. However, don’t eat more than a bar every day, or you won’t like the scales next time you step on it. Regular exercise can prevent a bad mood in everyone, and more than that - physical activity is recommended as the treatment for people suffering from depression.