Foods that Improve MoodMany of you have probably heard the saying before: "You are what you eat." There is much truth to this saying, especially as it relates to a person's mood. There are a number of foods that help to stimulate the body and elevate one’s mood. There are also foods that can bring you down. Take, for instance, food that contains monosodium glutamate or MSG. After licking the bowl clean you may begin to feel tired and drowsy. It's likely the effect of the food you ate containing MSG. Knowing what healthy foods are out there can help you improve your immune system and your mood. It will also help reduce the chances of you getting sick and feeling down in the dump. Some foods to consider for improving your health as well as your mood include:
- Almonds – The crunchy nut offers the body two important vitamins – B and E. Red and white blood cells are improved with almonds. It also improves the immune system with antioxidants and helps maintain cholesterol levels. All you need is a handful a day.
- Avocados – Also known as alligator pears, they help to reduce blood pressure and offers monounsaturated fat and potassium. If you are looking to reduce your sodium and cholesterol intake, this makes the perfect option.
- Chocolate – Not all sweets are bad. In fact, all-natural dark cocoa can help lower blood pressure. Take it with a cup of milk and you are set to a relaxed mood with the production of serotonin increased.
- Sweet Potatoes – These sweet tubers offer similar effects as all-natural dark cocoa. They are high in carbohydrates and help the brain produce serotonin.
- Oatmeal – This breakfast staple is both comfort food and good for the heart. Oatmeal is high in carbohydrates and rich in fiber. When you have that, it helps the body manufacture serotonin to help put you in a tranquil state. The body also absorbs it all slowly, so you aren't going from a quick high to a quick low. It's also extremely easy to prepare.
- Pistachios – These nuts are a friend of fiber, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids, which all help to lower blood pressure. That also means feeling less stress. Just like almonds, you only need a handful per day.
- Eggs – Take the whole egg, not just the egg white or egg yolk alone. If you maintain your intake to one egg a day, you can benefit from choline and phospholipids that have been shown to help enhance memory.