Adding these five foods to your diet can naturally boost your mood. Making sure you get plenty of brain-friendly nutrients from tasty, healthy foods will keep you feeling the sun, even when the sky is gray.
Many Brits may have recently vowed to change up their diet to lose weight or for health reasons, but what about a diet that can boost your mood during the cold, dark January?
Certain foods have been shown to improve your mood, letting you wake up and go to benefit from the bluer month.
“Gray January brings gray moods to many people,” Susie Sawyer, clinical nutritionist, told www.feelaliveuk.com.
“However, putting the right nutrients into your body can really change how you feel.”
Here are five foods to improve your mood in January.
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3 – Banana
Snacking on a large yellow banana can brighten your day.
Bananas are high in vitamin B6 which helps your body make good neurotransmitters including dopamine and serotonin.
Susie said: “The family of B vitamins are essential for releasing energy from food, plus more, and are often deficient in the typical Western diet.
Specifically, vitamins B3, B6, and folic acid are essential for converting the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, which is essential for mood and motivation.
Other foods rich in tryptophan include turkey, oats, fish and beans. You can also take a daily supplement of B vitamins like Alive! Vitamin B-Complex Soft Jelly Multivitamin.
Bananas also contain both fiber and sugar, which means you get the benefits of sugar but this is slowly released into your bloodstream thanks to the fiber.
Fluctuating blood sugar levels can upset your mood, but eating a banana can help you stay stable.
4 – berries
Berries are high in antioxidants that fight damage to cells, making them a healthy addition to anyone’s diet.
Anthocyanins, the pigment that gives berries their blue, purple, violet, and red colors, is associated with a lower risk of depressive symptoms, too.
5 – coffee
If you’re the “don’t talk to me until I have my morning coffee” type, there may be a chemical reason for it!
The caffeine in coffee not only makes you feel more alert and awake but also increases the release of dopamine and norepinephrine which are known to improve your mood.
If you’re in a low mood, don’t just rely on changing your diet for help.
Try talking to a friend or family member you trust, who may be able to support you.
Services, such as Samaritans, are available, or you can make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your mental health.