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    A Healthy Dose of Happy: 8 Foods to Boost Your Mood

    roasted_salmon_bacon_and_spinach_recipeIt’s been said that some people drown their sorrows in food. To a degree, there’s some science behind that. There are certain foods that actually boost our mood when we eat them.

    The next time you’re feeling down seek comfort in the following 8 foods to boost your mood.

    Spinach

    It’s not just for Popeye! If you’ve ever wondered if there’s any rhyme or reason for him downing spinach when he’s feeling weak, there is. Spinach is a great source of iron. The iron you get from spinach will deliver some much-needed oxygen to your cells. If you want to improve your absorption, add some strawberries or oranges to your spinach diet. You can’t go wrong with this choice.

    Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are a source of lycopene. Lycopene reduces inflammation in the lungs, as well as the number of cells that secrete mucus. This makes tomatoes highly desirable for those who suffer from allergies. They’re fairly easy to grow, too. If you do decide to grow your own tomatoes, make sure that you look at taking advantage of central water filtration system beforehand. You’ll want the best water to produce the freshest tomatoes. Make sure to cook them, though. It’s been shown that cooked tomatoes are a better source of lycopene than raw tomatoes.

    Dark Chocolate

    Do you crave chocolate when you’re feeling sad? Surprise, there’s a reason behind it. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium. Magnesium calms your muscles down, so if you’re stressed, dive into a pile of dark chocolate. It also works to reduce anxiety as well, so if you’re stressed about an upcoming deadline, eat some dark chocolate. As opposed to milk chocolate, which makes you hyper and alert, dark chocolate contains both tryptophan, which reduces symptoms of depression, and serotonin, which relaxes your mind and your body. This allows you to drift off to sleep peacefully, happily, and stress-free.

    Salmon

    Though fish may not be your favorite thing in the world to eat, it’s very beneficial for you. Salmon is full of omega-3s, which help you fight off depression and keeps your mood in check. If you’ve had a stressful day at the office, you should consider salmon or tuna for dinner. As an added bonus, salmon also helps you improve your memory and focus.

    Chicken

    Are you trying to avoid red meats and fill that void? Look no further than chicken. Chicken contains vitamin B12, which calms your body. If you don’t have enough B12, it could make you feel angry. With so many different types of chicken, you have nearly an infinite number of ways to get your dose of B12.

    Bananas

    While you’re having your morning bowl of cereal, it might be a wise idea to throw some banana slices in. Bananas contain both magnesium and potassium. We covered the benefits of magnesium earlier, and potassium does sort of the same thing — it helps you relax and calm down. Bananas also contain vitamin B6, which converts tryptophan into serotonin. This means that you can be calm and relaxed on the drive to work. Just don’t go overboard — too much and you’ll likely want to take a quick nap!

    Berries

    It doesn’t matter what type of berry you eat, you’ll still reap the benefits. Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries all contain anthocyanins and anthocyanidins. These will help reduce both depression and stress. No wonder people are so happy when they dunk a strawberry into a hot bowl of dark chocolate.

    Eggs

    Though they might boost your cholesterol, there are numerous benefits to eating eggs. They’re high in choline, which will help improve your memory. The recommended daily dose of choline is 425 milligrams, and two eggs have 300 milligrams.

    These eight food items will help boost your memory, your mood, and help you relax and get rid of some of your daily stresses. As with everything, these are best in moderation, so don’t go overboard on the dark chocolate while watching a depressing movie. Do you know of any other food that can boost your mood? Leave a comment below and let us know.

    Author Bio: Hailey is a recent graduate with a degree in Journalism. Now that she isn’t face first in books she is trying to travel as much as she can. She writes in her free time between fixing up her new house and teaching people how to live a longer, healthier life using central water filtration systems

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