Picture this: You leave office at half past 5 in the evening, with-holding the urge to snack at the office hangout. Running late, you drive through traffic and reach your home, only to find it in a mess. You start to clean up, but just as you reach the fridge, you find that you have no milk for the baby.
The head ache you get while trying to juggle, could just be because you are famished and malnourished and not only because you have a low tolerance level.
There is so much literature supporting the fact that: Food does affect your mood.
Have you felt happy while indulging in "comfort foods"? Certain foods, when had in moderation of course, can bring in happiness. Here are a few examples of foods, having a positive effect on your mood.
Peanuts: Loaded with protein and fiber, which can help you avoid the tiredness that makes you an easy target for sadness or anger. This mood food is also a tasty source of healthy fats, vitamin E, folic acid, and other nutrients that can lift your spirits. However, keep those M&Ms in check, cause refined sugar can cause a temporary high and bring around an awful slump after.
Chocolate: Cocoa boosts brain serotonin, the happy hormone, enough said.
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Bananas: And surprise surprise, the sweet banana has it all wrapped up bundles of mood enhancing dopamine under one peel. Plus, don’t forget all the healthy vitamins and minerals it contains too, such as potassium, vitamin B6 and iron.
Sunflower Seeds: Hello, sunshine! A natural way to increase your serotonin levels, sunflower seeds have a high concentration of folate and magnesium, these nutrients account for regulating and boosting mood.
Oranges: Did you know that just by smelling an orange or lemon scent can perk you up? Oranges and other citrus fruit are loaded with vitamin C, which helps lower stress, and folic acid, a B vitamin that can bring you up out of the doldrums.
Bring a little sunshine to your hectic and stressed days, by indulging in these, but keep in mind that moderation is key, as it’s easy to go overboard with these foods.