top 5 mood boosting foods

 Whatever the reason may be, we all suffer from low moods. While the severity of how badly these moods affect us varies between all of us, there are little things that we can all do to stay on track and happy…

By adding these ingredients to your day you can help keep bad moods at bay. Properties of the ingredients listed below balance relevant brain chemicals and hormones while assisting body processes. This helps you maintain a good grip on emotions and dealing with what life decides to throw at you. Yay?….

1.    Kefir, Milky or Mylky

Why is it wonderful?

Tryptophan

–     Tryptophan is a precursor of Serotonin (our happy hormone), which is needed to regulate our mood, appetite, sleep, libido and memory.

Vitamin B12

–      Helps maintain healthy red blood cell and DNA production which is essential for energy.

–      A precursor of Dopamine, our internal “pick me up” hormone that aids concentration & focus.

Synbiotic

–      Containing pre & Probiotics, Kefir is known as a Synbiotic food. Prebiotics are needed to “feed” probiotics that help keep our gut healthy. The gut is the main site of Serotonin production to its a good idea to keep it in a happy place.

–     We also need a healthy gut for optimum absorption of the nutrients in our food. This is the foundation for sufficient reactions that occur in our body, balanced brain chemicals and hormones, for improved brain functioning and mood.

2.    Saffron

Why is it wonderful?

Regulation

–    For years Saffron has been known to regulate levels of Neurotransmitters in the brain. Think Serotonin, Dopamine and GABA. This makes Saffron a natural antidepressant, anxiety reliever and sleep promoter.  Happy Saffing!

–   Recommended to consume in whole stigma form as when powdered it may be adulterated and lack its powerful properties.

3.    Peppermint Oil

Why is it wonderful?

Smell, consume, absorb? 

–    High Grade Peppermint oil can be consumed as well as used externally. This makes its therapeutic properties versatile and almost immediate – mentally and physically.

Anxious?

–  Peppermint oil has proven to play wonders for mood, stress and anxiety relief which encourages mental clarity and energy.
–  Be adventurous… Try it in dressings, deserts, drinks, salt scrubs, face masks or any other delights you can think of!

3.    Chicory

Why is it wonderful?

 Inulin

–      Chicory contains high levels of Inulin, a fabulous Prebiotic that feeds the probiotic good bacteria in our gut. As mentioned earlier, the gut is the main site of Serotonin production so a healthy gut is vital for balanced brain chemicals.

–      Inulin also assists with the production of our appetite-controlling hormones, preventing overeating and reducing lethargy and bloating.

 Beta-Carotene

–      Beta-Carotene is a fabulous antioxidant that promotes brain cell Production, Prevention and Repair. This increases efficient production of dopamine and serotonin for mood, anxiety and Stress management.
–      Beta-Carotene also enhances brain function, concentration and long term memory.

5.    Matcha Powder

Why is it wonderful?

L-Theanine
–   Matcha contains more L-Theanine than any other superfood.
L-Theanine assists with Serotonin, Dopamine and Acetylcholine transmission and production, enhancing mood, focus and memory.

–   L-Theanine also triggers Alpha Waves which are what make us feel focused, alert and full of energy. This quality makes Matcha a fabulous “pick me up” caffeine replacement, giving us the lift without the paranoia, jittery wired feeling that we get from coffee.

 

Try adding these fabulous mood boosting ingredients into your everyday diet with some of your favourite ways to workout and socialise and see how you feel after a couple of weeks… I know that it works for me :)….