The Best Foods to Boost Your Mood

Feeling down? It could be due to your diet:

the foods you eat actually play a vital role in how you

feel. While it can be tempting to indulge in comfort food to lift your spirits on a bad day, sugary and fatty treats will cause spikes in blood sugar and mood swings. On the other hand, the right nutrients can improve your mood, ease stress and even help fight depression

I’ve created a list of the top mood-boosting foods you can eat to lift your spirits. Take a look:

Fatty fish

Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain

health and are thought to lower the risk of depression. These acids play a key role in helping your

brain cells release chemical messengers (neurotransmitters). Other foods high in omega-3 include

flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and soya beans. Your body can’t produce omega-3 on its own, so It’s a good idea to eat foods rich in omega-3 regularly.

Dark chocolate

It’s official: chocolate really does make you happy! Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and mood-boosting compounds, and research has found indulging in a small amount each day for two weeks reduces stress hormones. Dark chocolate also increases blood flow in the brain and has anti-

inflammatory properties. To stay healthy, it’s best to choose dark chocolate rather than milk

chocolate, which has added fat and sugar.

Fermented foods

Did you know that up to 90% of the body’s feel-good hormone serotonin is made in the gut? In fact,

there’s increasing evidence to show that a healthy gut corresponds to a good mood. Fermented

foods like live yogurt and sauerkraut are high in probiotics, known to improve gut health and

increase serotonin levels. It’s been suggested that probiotics have a positive impact on depression,