Feeling down? Looking for a boost in your mood? Look no further than your nearest grocery store. This may sound like a crazy idea, because most of us don’t think that money can buy an intangible thing like “mood.” However, it actually can. At least science says so.
While searching for joy and “feel good” moments in your life if you involve a few food items as well in your list of luxuries or experiences, you may start feeling better faster than ever. And while luxuries and experiences may cost you a lot in some cases, these items won’t. The nutrients given below have been scientifically proven to make you feel good, and in case you’re wondering how’s it possible then I would like to tell you that all of it comes down to brain.
A happy and healthy cognitive system is crucial for positive mood, and foods given below help a lot in achieving that healthy cognitive system. Let’s have a look:
1. Calcium rich foods: Milk, yogurt, collard greens and other calcium rich foods not only make your bones stronger but also make up your day. However, it’s a sad thing that calcium is one of the most redundant elements in diets of most people. Increasing your calcium intake can help in feeling awesome throughout the day, and the easiest way to do that it is to include a cup of milk in your breakfast.
2. Folic Acid: Alternatively known as Vitamin B9 or Folate, Folic Acid helps our body in creating new cells and regulating serotonin levels. Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter, which passes between nerve cells and brain to manage a wide range of regular behaviors including mood and social behavior. You can consume it in form of black eyed peas, spinach and avocados.
3. Iron: You may already be aware of various jobs that iron does for keeping our body healthy, but you might not have heard that it also affects our mood and helps us in staying happy. Since one of its jobs is to transfer oxygen from one place to another in our body to keep us energized, its deficiency may lead to fatigue and depression. Things like soybeans, fortified oatmeal and lentils can help in improving its levels in our body.