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Want to feel happier? Try these foods

Nutrition

Eating well is the key to a healthy body. But, do you know food contributes to a healthy mind too? 

It is normal to feel down now and again. Exercising is one way to improve your spirits as when you exercise, your body releases happy hormones such as endorphins and serotonin. But, did you know that making small changes in your diet alongside your exercising habits could improve your overall mood?

Here are a few food options that could be incorporated into your diet for a happier lifestyle:

Berries

One of the most loved fruits – berries – make great snacks, breakfast toppings and dessert. Plus, they are low in calories and sugar. From strawberries to goji berries, berries are full of antioxidants that act as a great pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. 

Berries are known to reduce cortisol levels which are associated with stress levels. The anthocyanins in berries also aid in improving brain function and promote a healthy nervous system.

Dark chocolate

There is often a misconception that chocolate is not good for you. However, dark chocolate is known to be one of the biggest mood boosters. Dark chocolates that contain more than 70% cocoa, are loaded with flavanols which possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in protecting the brain from free radical damage.

Hence, eating four small squares of 70% dark chocolate could actually provide you with more antioxidants than other foods.

Beans and lentils

Not only are beans and lentils high in fibre and make a good plant-based protein, but they are also filled with feel-good nutrients.

They are an amazing source of B vitamins – which are known to improve your mood by increasing levels of happy hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. 

Moreover, B vitamins have a vital role in nerve signalling which stimulates the communication between nerve cells. Low levels of B vitamins, therefore, are linked to mood disorders such as depression. 

Whole grains

There is an array of foods that fall under this category – soy, oats, wheat etc. Our body and brain utilize carbohydrates for energy. However, oftentimes, we over-consume simple carbs which may lead to blood sugar spikes.

Foods that are classified as whole grains contain more complex carbohydrates that slows the production of glucose which gives our body a more even and consistent source of energy. 

When eaten with high protein foods like chicken or turkey, you can further reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety while also boosting brain function

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