Eat Good: Can Eating These 5 Things Make You Happier
By Revathie Dhanabalan
September 26, 2017
Feeling crappy? Need some feel good food to boost your mood?
Turns out, there are foods out there that are scientifically proven to lift your spirits. In this edition of EAT GOOD, we'll show you 5 foods that will make you feel happier right away with an added health bonus.
Beat that brain fog with java! You may need a cup of coffee to be functional at work in the morning, but studies have shown that a cup of coffee also provides a multitude of benefits aside from the energy boost (and keeping your eyes open!). Drinking coffee not only stimulates the central nervous system but also acts as a mild anti-depressant. But remember, the less you consume, the better it works!
Suggested Serving: Coffee has about 150mg of caffeine per cup. Limit consumption to about 300mg of caffeine per day and try to consume it once a day.
Salmon is loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, which have shown to improve mood and fight depression. Studies have shown that just one of the fatty acids (DHA) found in salmon can have positive effects on certain diseases such as hypertension and arthritis. Not a fan of fish? No problem, just get your hands on some fish oil capsules for your daily dose of omega-3!
Suggested Serving: A single serving of 85g of red salmon fillet contains 450 IUs of Vitamin D (dependent on your age)
*IUs - International Units
*DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid required for maintenance of normal brain function in adults
Dark chocolate is one of the biggest mood boosters out there! Dark chocolate has a multitude of health benefits, one of which includes reducing stress levels. Even just a few nibbles of dark chocolate that is 70% or higher, helps to boost your mood and antioxidant levels. The best part, dark chocolate has a unique substance that triggers a sense of euphoria that is similar to the feeling of being in love. But as all good things go, moderation is key!
Suggested Serving: Two to four small squares a day
Looking to spice up your cooking with a serious mood booster? Tumeric is a basic ingredient in curries and gives dishes an amber colour. In addition, it provides you with a brain boosting dose of curcumin! Curcumin is not only a potent antioxidant with powerful anti-flammatory effects, it also helps to fight illnesses like depression. This golden spice is actually a member of the ginger family and works as a natural antiseptic.
Suggested Serving: Dried, powdered root - 1 to 3g per day served with a fatty meal
Mushrooms happen to be one of those lucky foods that take on a broth-like or meaty flavour, which comes in handy for preparing healthy dishes! This underrated vegetable contains unique nutrients that helps to regulate your mood and is also rich in selenium that doubles up as an antioxidant. It is also the only plant source of natural Vitamin D that enhances your mood.
Suggested Serving: 1 cup of diced Portobello mushrooms will give you 400 IUs of Vitamin D (dependent on your age)
*Selenium - works as an antioxidant to protected body cells from damage
Eating healthy food is just one part of the equation, learn more about different diets out there or how eating certain types of food can keep your brain in tip-top condition! Eating healthy is not difficult, you just need to know where to start!