Sad the long weekend’s over? Just not feeling yourself lately? Woke-up on the wrong side of the bed? Whatever the reason for your less than stellar mood, myWholeLife is here to help uplift it with a list of the top 5 mood boosting foods. For a detailed report on the top foods that nourish your nervous system plus a 1-day meal plan that shows you how to use them, get your Free Health Report today. Just answer Nervous System as your main concern in our simple questionnaire, and get ready to feel great!
Wild salmon (not to be confused with the farmed variety) is the single richest food source of vitamin D, which is beneficial because low vitamin D has been linked to depression, PMS, seasonal affective disorder and non-specific mood disorder. Wild salmon is also an excellent source of omega-3s which may help improve and stabilize your mood, enhance your brain power and prevent depression.
2. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate that’s high in cocoa acts as an instant mood booster because it stimulates high levels of three key neurotransmitters—serotonin (which helps you feel happy), dopamine (which helps you feel motivated), and endorphins (which reduce pain and induce feelings of euphoria). Just be sure to choose low sugar varieties with a cocoa content that is 70% or higher, and don’t overdo it, because chocolate is high in caffeine and too much caffeine can wear-out your adrenal glands and lead to insomnia and exhaustion.
If you’re watching your waistline you may be weary about adding nuts to your diet because they are notoriously high in fat. Well, be weary no more because studies have found that women who consume ¼ cup a day of raw nuts tend to be leaner than their nut-avoiding peers. Plus nuts boost serotonin levels and they are an excellent source of essential fatty acids (EFAs),which nourish the brain and nervous system, and help keep energy levels and mood up.
Oatmeal is loaded with complex carbohydrates, which help to boost serotonin levels, and its rich in magnesium which helps fight fatigue and anxiety. Oatmeal’s also an excellent source of soluble fibre, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels, thereby preventing energy crashes and mood swings. And if all that wasn’t enough, a bowl of oatmeal in the morning can help rev up your metabolism and increase fat burning for the rest of the day—now that’s something to smile about!
5. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are not only rich in magnesium they’re also an excellent source of zinc, which helps to regulate one of the mood boosting neurotransmitters—dopamine. The zinc in pumpkin seeds also helps promote healthy hormone levels and boosts your libido. Plus pumpkin seeds are high in B-vitamins which can increase energy, boost overall mood and ward off depression, stress, anxiety and PMS.