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Boost your mood through food

Incorporating some of these foods into your diet are definite ways to boost your mood, helping you to feel happier and calmer.

 

Dark Chocolate

That’s right! A small square of dark chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins and boost serotonin levels. In a recent study, 30 people were given 40g of dark chocolate over 14 days. The results showed that chocolate eaters produced less stress hormones and their anxiety levels decreased. Try not to eat the whole block…

 

Oranges and Papaya

The cheerfully coloured orange and papaya are high in vitamin B6 and folic acid, both of which have been found to be lacking in studies in patients who suffer from depression. Next time you visit your local market, stock up on these summer beauties.

 

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of the mineral selenium, and studies have shown that people who are low in it have increased rates of depression, irritability, anxiety and tiredness. Eat three Brazil nuts to get your RDA of selenium.

 

Omega-3’s

People who are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids may be more susceptible to depression and low mood as these fatty acids make up a large percentage of our brain tissue. Consuming foods rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and flaxseed oil have been found to have natural antidepressant properties. These healthy fats are crucial for healthy nerve and brain function, and helpful for treating depression as they may increase serotonin levels. Eat at least one serving (140g) a week.

 

Water

Water is extremely important for our bodies to function properly and even the smallest degree of dehydration can impair our physical and mental wellbeing. Experts recommend 1-2L of water a day, and in Singapore you’ll want to drink a bit more because of the heat.  Try starting the day with a mug of freshly boiled water and a slice of lemon, or add a fresh sprig of mint, cucumber or strawberries to a jug of cold water to spice things up!

 

Dark Chocolate

A small square of dark chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins and boost serotonin levels. In a recent study, 30 people were given 40g of dark chocolate, over 14 days. The results showed that chocolate eaters produced less stress hormones and their anxiety levels decreased.

 

Feeling down in the dumps every so often is a normal part of life. But when you’re gripped by an unrelenting sadness or hopelessness that keeps you from going about your usual routine, it’s time to pay a visit to your doctor.

 

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