Can your diet really help put you in a good mood? The answer may surprise you! Basically, the science behind how diet affects mood is based on this: Dietary changes can bring about changes in our brain structure, which can lead to altered behavior.
So, how should you change your food intake if you want to try to improve your mood?
Consume More Omega-3 Fatty Acids: In recent years, researchers have noted that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid may help protect against depression. This makes sense physiologically since omega-3s appear to affect neurotransmitter pathways in the brain.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast: According to research, eating breakfast regularly leads to improved mood, more energy, and better memory. On the contrary, skipping breakfast would do the opposite, leading to anxiety and fatigue. And what makes up a good breakfast? Lots of nutrients and fibers, lean protein, whole grain, carbohydrates, and fats.
Get Enough Vitamin D: Researchers from the University of Toronto noticed that people who were suffering from depression, particularly those with seasonal affective disorder, tend to improve as their vitamin D levels in the body increased over the normal course of a year.
Don't Overdo Caffeine: In people with sensitivity, coffee may exacerbate depression. Try limiting or eliminating coffee for a month or so to see if it helps improve your overall mood.
There are many things you can do to improve your mood. You might consider changing your diet to enhance your daily living!
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