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Antidepressant and Mood Elevator Foods

ANTIDEPRESSANT or MOOD ELEVATOR FOODS

Modern factors that influence depression

Considering the hectic, progressive and eccentric daily routine, lifestyles have become all the more challenging. Lifestyle not only includes your routine activities but a great part of one’s lifestyle is determined by their emotional and physical well-being. Hectic schedules have often lead to the lack of focus on one’s lifestyle. Owing to this condition, severe physical, mental and emotional depression has been witnessed among people belonging to all age groups. Meditation, yoga, sufficient exercise and healthy food habits have proven to be effective anti-depressants and overall detox. Apart from these obvious solutions, there are a few unconventional methods to elevate one’s mood and rid them off of depression.

How do mood elevator foods help you fight off-moods?

There will be many days when you end up waking up on the wrong side of the bed or your boss decides to give you a hard time. You are only human and it is very important to always remember that. Because the fact that you are human and no human is perfect is the best consolation you can give yourself when you find yourself in the blue-mood.

However, there are several other modes through which you can effectively get rid of this mood. The most accurate and quickest method being, the consumption of mood elevator foods. Certain foods tend to immediately turn your bad mood around. They do not necessarily have to be healthy but they should definitely be pardoned because neither are bad moods healthy for you. Anti-depressant foods have been scientifically and psychologically proven to help produce endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. These are commonly termed as the ‘happy hormones’.

How do you know when you need a mood elevator food?

Mood elevator foods not only help you become happy and jovial but also induces those enzymes and hormones that make the body feel a whole lot healthier. Some of these foods are, what some call, junk. Whereas the others are healthy and should be eaten in right quantities on a regular basis. There are a few common symptoms which indicate that your body and mind requires these foods. Some of the symptoms are as follows:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low motivation to go through with the day
  • The poor desire to participate in socializing activities
  • Incapability to perform daily routines
  • Lethargy and laziness
  • Low tolerance to situations and people

Mood elevator foods are often very important to maintain a fit lifestyle. It is also very apt for those who have a fitness regime and prefer to utilize the training to its maximum. Also, these foods are crucial for anyone who desires to make the best out of every day.

What are some of the best mood elevator foods?

One of the most common misconceptions about mood elevating foods is that they are junk and very unhealthy. This is false because many of these foods are healthy for your body and fresh as well. Mentioned below are some of the most efficient mood elevator foods.

  1. Chocolate – has been rated the topmost anti-depressant. The secret is to choose a chocolate that has a high composition of cocoa. The richer and darker the chocolate, the better it is as a mood elevating food. Dark chocolate is known to be rich with antioxidants which release huge amounts of happy hormones. Also, it is very healthy to have 1.4 ounces of chocolate every day for at least 2 weeks to reduce stress and maintain a good mood in the long run.
  2. Citric fruits and other fruits – are full of vitamins, minerals and fibres. Since fruits are to be eaten raw, they contain a very large amount of nutrients in its very high state. They are all the healthiest than cooked vegetables. Bananas, in particular, are highly effective mood elevators. Vitamin B, vitamin C, fructose and citric acids in fruits are known to help the body and mind fight low moods and immediately elevate it.
  3. Carbs – as in carbohydrates are great for your body. It is important to include a sufficient portion of carbs in every meal. Carbs are essential to help you build the energy to get through the day. Foods like pasta, pizzas, doughnuts, burgers, fried foods and desserts are instant mood lifters. They may be unhealthy but are definitely important for the body every once in a while.
  4. Oily fish – such as tuna, salmon, kingfish and shellfish are a rich source of omega-3. Omega-3 is very important for the overall performance of the body and the mind. It is crucial for the production and release of growth and cell repair hormones. Omega-3 is a healthy oil that helps fight lethargy and positively alter the brain chemicals that are directly related to your mood.
  5. Herbal, non-caffeinated tea – is the best for everyone. It is an overall, all-rounder when it comes to its features as a mood elevating food. This tea helps build the immune system, detox the body, soothes your internal system, regulates your sleep pattern and provides you with essential minerals.
  6. Dairy – such as yoghurt, cheese, butter, milk and other by-products of dairy are rich in lactic acid. They are the best and most effective body and mind soother because dairy is known for its ability to fight depression. Yoghurt and milk are rich sources of calcium and protein as well and including a generous serving of them in a meal intake can help you go that extra mile with a smile.

  • chefnovato2211On Jun 21, 2018, 1:14 pm

    Nice informative article, thank you. I will remember these foods next time I am feeling moody and down!

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