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7 Foods That Improve Your Mood

7 Foods That Improve Your Mood

7 Foods That Improve Your Mood

You’ve probably heard how things like meditation and exercise can improve your mood, but what if you’re not interested in those things or you’re looking for other ways to live happier.

Studies have shown that there are certain foods that, when consumed on a regular basis, can actually raise your serotonin levels (reducing stress) and decrease depression. And because they are things you can easily add to your weekly meal plan, you can give your whole family a boost of happiness.

Here are 7 great foods for improving your mood:

1. Berries. All kinds of berries are great, but blueberries and blackberries especially are loaded with a higher level of anthocyanidins (known to boost brain power) than other berries. Enjoy them fresh or frozen as often as possible.

2. Peppers. Red and green bell peppers along with hot chilies are very high in Vitamin C, which reduces stress hormones. The best benefits are received by eating them raw.

3. Leafy Greens. 1-2 servings of spinach, romaine or kale each day will keep the blues away. They are high in folic acid, which reduces depression. For an added benefit, add some peppers to your salad!

4. Shellfish. When our bodies are low on Vitamin B-12, we become lethargic and less motivated to get moving. Shellfish is the richest source of B-12 so it will naturally boost your energy and get you moving again.

5. Popcorn. Did you know popcorn will raise your serotonin levels!  It will help you to relax and improve your mood. Air popped corn is a better source of mood-boosting serotonin over a bag of processed microwave corn.

6. Coffee and Green Tea. Caffeine has been shown to decrease the risk of depression in women so enjoy a cup of your favorite coffee blend to get your day off to a great start. Feeling stressed or unfocused? Reach for green tea. It has Theanine, a calming agent that reduces stress and helps you get your focus back.

7. Dark Chocolate. Dark Chocolate reduces stress hormones by releasing serotonin, so if you need a midday calm, reach for your favorite dark chocolate. To get the best benefits, it should be at least 72% Cacao and less than 5 grams of sugar so you may need to look for a high-quality chocolate. Researchers also found that after enjoying some dark chocolate, study participants were more likely to volunteer to help someone else.

Enjoy these great foods on a regular basis to help you naturally reduce stress, boost your energy and fight depression.

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