How to Improve Your Mood Naturally with These 7 Foods

 Lettuce Improve Mood Through Food
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Your choices of foods do make a difference in regulating your brain chemistry.  If you know the right foods to pick during a stressful day, you can help yourself fight that anxiety and the depression that often come with it.  If you’re curious, let me show you how to simply use foods that improve a bad mood and can brighten your disposition like natural medicine.

These specific foods have ingredients known to help correct your mood.  Try eating more oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits because the vitamin C can help with olfactory stimulation while also assisting with digestion and filtering the blood from improved liver  function.

Nuts are another food you should reach for due to the vitamin E, arginine (an amino acid) and magnesium for its calming effect on the nervous system.  You’ll want your supply of almonds, cashews and seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds to help during anxious times.

Bananas  also are packed with abundant magnesium while being quite low in calories for all they can do to satisfy hunger and your mental state.

Leafy green vegetables are excellent because they’re loaded with folic acid. When you’re deficient in folic acid, then mental depression can set in because your nervous system is not working as it should.

Salmon has DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid).

Dried cherries are a great source of potassium, magnesium and vitamin C.

Cocoa is another mood enhancer.  It has a remarkable ability on the brain to stimulate endorphin production and usher in happiness.  In fact, the darker the chocolate, the better the result.  Aim for dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao.  However, don’t go overboard because too much will cause another depressing problem with weight gain.  Though it is hard, one ounce of dark chocolate a day should suffice.

Something as simple as food can make that needed difference.  So why not try it the next time you’re having a bad day with foods that improve mood?

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  1. Fiona
    March 2, 2011 / 3:45 am

    You forgot chocolate lol ;-)Seriously, oranges and grapefruits do have a cheerful sort of scent and colour as well as being full of vitamin C.

  2. Mary B. (Nuts4Stuff)
    March 3, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    You're right about chocolate! The only problem is it might be hard to buy around Easter with what's going on in Africa. Did you hear anything about that?Thanks for writing, Fiona.

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