Did you know that food can change your mood?
There are many foods that have an influence on
how we feel – they might contain nutrients that boost
our feel good brain chemical serotonin, or provide
the vitamins & minerals that help to balance our brain
chemistry – whatever the reason, why not make sure
you are eating plenty of these foods and start to feel
Here 5 foods that will improve your mood!:
1) Cashew nuts – really raw cashews (the ones that.
have been hand-shelled) contain L-tryptophan, an
amino acid needed to make that most important brain
chemical, serotonin. A handful of cashews provides
enough L-tryptophan to make you smile and feel all
nice and mellow. Cashews are sweet and creamy,
and you will often find them in many raw food recipes
when you are replacing cream or cheese.
2) Goji Berries – these fantastic little powerhouses
of nutrition and antioxidants are not just known for
their longevity properties, but they are also known as
the “happy berry!” A handful of goji berries a day will
not only top up your vitamin C, (another important
nutrient needed to make your brain chemicals) they
will help you to feel great too
3) Blue Green Algae – extracts of blue-green algae
known as AFA’s, contain significant amounts of a
substance known as PEA -the love chemical. PEA
is found naturally in the brain and produces feelings
of happiness, euphoria and love. It is found in blue-
green algae and can have a very positive effect when
4) Raw Cacao – as well as containing an amazing
array of potent antioxidants and minerals, raw cacao,
or chocolate, is the only other food containing PEA
naturally. This is why chocolate can become a
substitute for a hug, but to my way of thinking, let’s
have it all! Lots of love, hugs AND chocolate!
5) Durian- this unusual and stinky fruit is known
as the King of Fruits, and that may be due not only
to it’s rich, creamy texture, but also to its serotonin
raising properties. An acquired taste, durian can be
eaten on its own, or blended into coconut smoothies
for a very joyful experience!
Of course, just eating these foods is not meant to
be an alternative to seeking help when suffering
with depression, however, giving your body the
nutrients it needs to create those mood-enhancing
chemicals can be a wonderful gift to give yourself.