If you are what you eat, then we want to eat happy.
Corny, we know, but we’ve been there at some point: feeling a little blue, and as tempted as you might be to reach for a tub of ice cream or tear away at a bag of chips, we’re here to tell you to stop right there.
While there is growing evidence that food can be used to alleviate a bad mood, it has to be the right kind of food that can help your brain change up the hormones that’s causing you to look at the world in a gloomy light.
Fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains have been linked to lower risks of depression and even suicide. Try these healthy option as featured on Good Morning America:
Full of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a nutritional powerhouse at this nutrient which out body can’t produce on its own.
Omega-3 fatty acids are part of the membranes that surround cells in the body, particularly in the brain, and there are several studies linking increased consumption of salmon to easing depression in humans.
Salmon is also an inflammation-fighting food, and increased inflammation in the body could be playing a role in depression.
And it better not be your additive-laden candy bar! Dark chocolate is usually 70% cacao, and it won’t taste as sweet as you regular candy bar because this means it’s only got 30% of sugar and milk in it.
Dark chocolate might not only give your brain a boost, but your overall immunity too.
But check with your doctor first, especially if you are under medication as chocolate may not be advisable to consume while taking certain medicines.
While many types of fruits are good for you as part of a balanced diet, berries take the crown as being very powerful for the brain.
Berries abound in flavanoids, which helps to regulate mood, improve memory , and reduces inflammation in the body.
Spinach and kale
Full of omega- 3 fatty acids and inflammation fighting, consuming dark leafy greens is a sure way to get your fill of these mood-lifting nutrients.
Healthy fat boosts brain health, and almonds are full of it.
Almonds are also rich in a compound called tyrosine, which GMA reported to prevent a decline in cognitive function, especially during times of stress.