Last week we gave a list of the 10 foods you should avoid if you wanted to turn that frown upside down.
As well as this, this week we are giving you another list of the mood-boosting foods that increase your spirits without increasing your waistline.
Oats are a form of complex carbohydrates that release energy at a continuous rate. Poor mood is often associated with the spike and quick decline in blood sugar levels. Eating unrefined carbohydrates will help eliminate this.
Bananas contain vitamins B6, A and C. As soon as you eat a banana the fructose will pick you up and the fibre in it will maintain the energy. The vitamin B6 will convert the tryptophan into mood-lifting serotonin.
Folate deficiency is linked with depression on a chemical level because it decreases serotonin in the brain. Eating foods, such as spinach, which are high in folic acid can overcome this deficiency.
Lentils are also high in the B vitamin which increases serotonin levels in the brain. Eating more will release the chemicals in the brain and increase your mood.
Chillies, and other spicy food, increase blood circulation which can cause your brain to release endorphins and help boost your mood.
Oysters are well known aphrodisiacs. ‘Getting in the mood’ will help improve your overall mood. They are high in zinc, which has been found to be essential for depression sufferers.
Fish that is high in omega 3 fats, such as salmon, herring and sardines, may help ease depression. For many people who don’t like the taste of fish, supplements of omega 3 oil will suffice.
Sunflower seeds are high in magnesium which plays a significant role in regulating and boosting moods. Magnesium deficiency causes feelings of anxiety, nervousness and feelings of fatigue. Eating sunflower seeds may just alter that.
Flaxseeds contain high levels of omega 3 fats which reduce mild depression and bad moods. Other seeds and nuts containing omega 3 fats include chia seeds and walnuts.
Shitake mushrooms contain high levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is usually comes from absorbing sunlight. A lack of sunlight is linked to poor moods due to reduced levels of dopamine.
So there you have it! These are 10 foods that may help beat those blues. Stay tuned every Wednesday at 4.30pm for more from us on health and well-being.