We all have days with bad mood where our brain decides there’s no way out of it. This natural gesture affects our productivity at work or creates an unexpected sensitive situation for our family members as well.
Have you ever wanted to know the reason behind this cranky mood? Ever wondered why is it that whenever we feel upset or depressed about something we binge on our comfort food and repent later?
The “Foods” which we eating on a daily basis are one of the major factors. It's time to keep a check on the things which we are eating or drinking on a daily basis.
The following logics will answer all the doubts that each one of us might be living with since days, months, or maybe years.
How Can Food Affect my Mood?
It is really important to explore the relationship between what you eat and how you feel. Here is an self assessment which you should first do.
- Are you eating regularly? Yes/No
- Do you keep yourself hydrated? Yes/No
- Are you eating enough protein? Yes/No
- Are you having too much caffeine? Yes/No
- Do you include fruits and vegetables in your diet Yes/No
- If Answer (1.) is No: This means your blood sugar drops which is why you feel tired, irritable and depressed. In this case your body holds on to high calorie stuff, which always worsens the condition. You should eat regularly to maintain your sugar levels. It is better to choose foods that release energy slowly such as oats and whole grains, proteins rich foods, nuts and seeds.
- If Answer (2.) is No: If you are not drinking enough water, you will not able to think clearly and your level of concentration will drop. Moreover you will also feel constipated. You should drink water regularly and include some good drinks like green tea, buttermilk throughout your day.
- If Answer (3.) is No: Protein contains amino acids which actually makes up the chemicals your brain needs to regulate your thoughts and moods. So it is always better to include good sources of protein in each meal. These could be eggs, chicken, legumes, nuts and seeds.
- If Answer (4.) is No: Having too much caffeine can make you depressed and anxious or disturb your sleep. You should always say no to the products that contain caffeine -Tea, Coffee, energy drinks and colas.
- If Answer (5.) is No: Vegetables and fruits contain vitamins and minerals that keep you physically and mentally healthy. It is important to include 2 to 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, not only for good mood but also for a healthy, disease free life.
This assessment brings you a step closer to a solution. Work on your food habits for a happier and healthier You :)
For instant gratification, here are 10 foods that are known to help improve bad mood:
1.Dark Chocolates: Chocolates, in general are loaded with chemicals that enhance mood, serotonin in particular.
2. Yogurt: Besides being a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12, yogurt also contains a whole lot of useful bacteria which keeps our immune system intact and helps our stress combating ability. Studies have also shown that yoghurt can improve fat loss.
3. Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes help in reducing stress levels as they satisfy the body's craving for carbohydrates and sweets.
4.Nuts: The next time you're feeling down, help yourself to some crunchy nuts.
5.Water: Lack of sufficient consumption of water leads to dehydration and even a small case of dehydration can cause stress. So, drink up!
6.Fish: Fish is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and importantly, Vitamin B 12 which is an important component for producing serotonin- also known as the happy hormone.
7.Asparagus: Asparagus is rich in folic acid and also contains magnesium- both of which are popular for their mood-lightening properties
8.Oranges: Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C containing up to 1000 mg of it. They also contain antioxidants which prevent the formation of free radicals that cause cell damage.
9.Green vegetables: They provide stress relief, helps enhance mood with regard to depression, panic, anxiety and other emotional disorders. Many green veggies contain potassium which greatly helps calm one's nerves when stressed.
10.Dried Apricots: Apricots are a rich source of natural sugars and, hence, another perfect option to beat those sweet cravings. A handful of dried apricots are bound to make you happy and healthy.