Your diet has the potential to not only impact your body, but also your mind. Some foods and spices can boost mood, ease anxiety, reduce stress and fight depression. Whether spicing up a yummy entrée or snacking on the go, it’s easy to sneak one of these secret mood-boosting foods into your diet.
- This bold spice often paired with curry is known for improving mood through its curcumin, the active chemical in the spice that increases the birth of new brain cells, which greatly affect your mental health. According to a study, curcumin acts as an antidepressant and can be used to manage stress and depression.
- Use it: Sprinkle it on your sweet potatoes or pasta dish with this flavorful mood-booster.
- Dark chocolate contains the chemical serotonin, which is known for its anti-depressant effects. It also stimulates the production of endorphins in your brain aka giving you feeling of pleasure.
- Use it: Sprinkle cocoa powder (70% or higher) in your oatmeal or smoothie
- Next time you’re sipping coconut water or snacking on coconut chips, make sure to take in the scent. Just the smell of coconut alone is believed to calm your natural “fight or flight” response and slow your heart rate when you’re stressed. A study from Columbia University shows that individuals who breathed in coconut fragrance after participating in a difficult task saw their blood pressure recover faster than those who did not.
- Use it: massage coconut oil into your scalp after a stressful day (also, it’s great for your hair!)
- This mild flavored, leafy veggie is packed with high levels of magnesium which boosts your energy level and brain power .
- Use it: Eat this veggie raw in a salad or sauté and add to pasta or have as a side.
- This superfood that is high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a form of omega-3 believed to boost your mood according to researchers at Arizona State University.
- Use it: Mix tera’s Sustained Energy Protein Powder blend, which contains chia along with other ancient grains, into a smoothie or add raw chia seeds to your oatmeal or yogurt.