Boost Your Mood With These 6 Foods May 24, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Do you find yourself in a bad mood every now and wonder what you can do to cheer up faster? There are certain foods you can eat that will help boost your mood for the rest of your day. Here is a list of foods you can include in your daily diet to give you a quick boost!
This doesn’t come as a surprise! Nothing makes me happier in the morning than sipping a fresh cup of coffee. However, actual studies conducted at the National Institute of Health found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee every day were about 10% less likely to be depressed than those who had never had coffee before. (Now the real question is who has never had coffee and how do they survive?) The happiness booster isn’t due to the caffeine itself; it’s due to the antioxidants that we drink in our java!
Tomatoes are chalk full of antioxidants, and specifically, the antioxidant lycopene which keeps our bodies happy and healthy. Lycopene is responsible for reducing inflammation in our lungs and a lot of different types of cells that create mucus in our bodies. Both the lungs and the mucus-producing cells are linked to allergies, and studies have shown that people who eat concentrations of lycopene (like cooked tomatoes) have reduced allergy symptoms than those who don’t ingest enough lycopene.
Try and switch our your regular white or brown rice with some quinoa. Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate which provides us with a steady stream of energy and is a very rare plant-based food that provides the body with all of its required essential amino acids which are super important for protein synthesis to build our muscles and tissues. Since quinoa is a complex carbohydrate, it doesn't cause a quick rise in blood sugar and subsequently doesn’t cause a quick drop in blood sugar either, it keeps our blood sugar stable which is key to maintaining our great mood all day long! A spike and a drop can cause us to be drowsy and irritable, which obviously we don’t want!
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