Food Can Boost Your Mood
Food is the most important and most powerful weapon we have in our arsenal when it comes to fighting depression. Higher consumptions of whole grains, fiber and produce have protective effects – while a diet packed with added sugars and refined grains are associated with increased risk. Here are five suggestions for your grocery list:
- Leafy Greens – try to eat at least one serving a day, like kale, spinach and Swiss chard, which are rich in folate, which is critical fro making serotonin and dopamine.
- Seafood – people who eat fish at least twice a week have a 25 percent chance to lower the rick of depression.
- Beans – beans can help improve mood because their prebiotic fiber feeds the beneficial bacteria in our intestines, which play a role in regulating inflammation and brain health.
- Nuts – a diet with an ounce of nuts per day reduces a person’s risk of depression by about 20 percent. Nuts help prevent low levels of healthy-brain compound BDNF.
- Dark Chocolate – snack on one small square of a bar that’s at least 70 percent cacao. The dark stuff possesses compounds that help increase blood flow to the brain.