No one likes to be in a bad mood. But with so many mood-spoiling agents around you, you sometimes do not have a choice. If you’re feeling blue, a few mood-boosting foods can do the trick for you!

Let’s start with an everyday example. Haven’t you experienced the mind-altering effects of coffee or tea on your mood?

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Well, studies suggest that your diet can actually put you in a good mood, and may also help reduce stress, and depression. Today there’s plenty of research to support that mood-boosting foods do exist, which can relax you, make you sleep and even ease your pain!

Without any further ado, here’s the list of mood-boosting foods for you -

  • Chocolate

This is no brainer, and there’s science to back the thought that chocolate makes us happy. According to a study done at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland, eating dark chocolate has been linked to reduction in stress hormones, including cortisol. Experts also believe that the antioxidants in chocolate are also responsible for keeping our spirits high!

  • Green leafy vegetables

Looking to lift up your sunken spirits? Munch on dark-green leafy vegetables like spinach, asparagus, etc. Dark-green leafy veggies are rich in folate, a B vitamin that can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. Brain uses folate in the synthesis of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, all of which are well-known mood-boosters.

  • Carbohydrates

A meal rich in carbs is rich in serotonin; the mood-boosting chemical. So now you know what to do if you’re feeling low; just grab some low-fat, high-carb diet, like whole grains, fruit and beans, and you’ll be good!

  • Fruits

Fruits are loaded with antioxidants which are known to lower the risk of depression. Folate is found in citrus fruits which push neurotransmitters to lift up your mood. Avocadoes, grapes, oranges, bananas, or whatever your favorite fruit may be, bite into it and before you know it, you’ll be feeling good again.

  • Fish

Fish is one of healthiest foods on Earth. Including fish to your diet not only lifts up your mood, but also keeps your body and mind healthy, reducing the risk of many deadly diseases. Oily fishes like the salmon, sardines, tuna, etc. are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is a known mood-boosting nutrient.

  • Raw nuts

Going nuts isn’t that bad actually! Delicious and wholesome, these bite-sized nuts are loaded with numerous health benefits that will keep you hale and hearty. Nuts are rich in serotonin, antioxidants and healthy fats, a great recipe that can cheer you up during your mood swings.

  • Lentils

Lentils are complex carbohydrates, which is why they are rich in the feel-good neurotransmitter- serotonin. Something as simple as cooked lentil with rice meal is an easy step to a calmer and happier you! Lentils, again, are high in folate and also help in stabilizing your blood sugar levels. And not to forget, lentils are packed with iron, so besides your happy mood, you feel energized to do more!

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