5 Mood Boosting Foods!

Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed?  With Winter at its peak it can be quite a challenge to turn that frown upside down.  I don’t need to tell you the benefits of exercise to keep your spirits high, even after a bad day at the office but sometimes exercise just isn’t enough! Here are 5 great foods that will help to boost your mood!

Life throws stressful circumstances at you every day from crappy weather to bad drivers to computer problems. How much any particular aggravator gets you down is highly personal, but falling into a bad mood can have serious repercussions for your body and ultimately your health.

Certain foods can help support a positive outlook when you consume them regularly. The next time you feel like doing a no-show at your next workout for a morning curled up in your doona, it may be time to head to the local farmers market to stock up on these feel-good items.

1.CACAO NIBS

Among its many nutrients, cacao beans contain a slightly stimulatory, mood-boosting caffeine derivative called theobromine. Theobromine, a molecule with a structure similar to caffeine, has been shown to support mood and increase focus

2. KALE

Keeping your fridge well stocked with kale could help boost your mood. A recent study discovered that people with higher blood concentrations of carotenoids, a category of antioxidant, were more likely to have an optimistic outlook on life. Tomatoes, sweet potato, bell peppers, apricots, spinach, butternut squash, and red grapefruit are other good sources of carotenoids to help you feel fab. Eat them all often!

3. SMOKED MACKEREL

Mackerel is a triple threat when it comes to looking on the bright side. For starters, mackerel is a notable source of polyunsaturated omega-3 fats. Research suggests that increasing your intake of these healthy fats may support a positive mood.

4. KEFIR

Scientists are increasingly demonstrating a link between our guts and our brains, and the growing consensus is that having a strong population of healthy bacteria in your digestive track may help keep you smiling.

5. TEA

This ancient drink is a great waepon for fending off daily problems. A large review of studies conducted by researchers in China found that drinking three cups of tea daily was associated with a positive attitude, especially green tea.

So the moral of the story is if you want to BE HAPPY and LIVE LIFE to the FULLEST….Get to TRAINING and EAT a diet largely based on WHOLE FOODS especially our 5 Mood Boosting Foods 🙂