You are what you eat, they say. And that’s true in so many ways. Besides being a source of nutrients and a major contributing factor to your weight, the food you take can also dramatically affect your mood.
Are you tired, unmotivated and snapping at anyone who steps into your path? If it’s not that time of the month, it could very well be due to what you eat every day.
Which is why you should really pay attention to what you put on your plate — incorporate these items into your daily meals so you can breeze through each day in a brighter state.
That double-shot espresso might wake you up instantly, but leave you with lower energy reserves than before after its effects wear off. We suggest you drink tea instead — the black, green or oolong varieties create a more alert state of mind, as shown in many studies. This is due to theanine, an amino acid found in these tea varieties, which works with caffeine to improve attention and focus.
Dark chocolate is an acquired taste for many. If you’ve never liked the taste of it, try some from a premium brand and you’ll be surprised at the difference quality makes. Here’s the other reason why it should be your snack of choice — it stimulates the production of endorphins, which make you happy.
Not only is this yellow fruit jam-packed with the good stuff you need — potassium, iron, vitamins A and C, fibre and carbs — it also has tryptophan, which gets converted into the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. Got a mid-day meeting with that client from hell? Munching on a banana beforehand will get you ready to deal with it.
Besides having a cheerful pink colour, salmon contains plenty of essential fatty acids that are also known to up your serotonin levels. A healthy yet yummy option that beats greasy fish and chips.
Red-, blue- and purple-skinned berries are packed with anthocyanins. These natural pigments are responsible for the rich colours of these fruits and boast both antioxidant and mood-enhancing capabilities.
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