How to eat & drink your way to a good mood

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We may be retired, but many of us have a lot of stress in our lives. In moments like that we reach out to comfort foods that are more often than not quite unhealthy and can cause problems in the long run. Why not consider healthier food options that help you improve your mood. The author has listed out certain foods that could be included in your diet. These mood boosting food are a good place to start. Team RetyrSmart

How to eat & drink your way to a good mood

  1. Pumpkin seeds

The humble pumpkin seed is a mighty source of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and especially magnesium. Not enough of this important mineral can lead to a higher risk of headaches, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness and high blood pressure

  1. Dark, leafy greens

Kale, Swiss chard and other dark, leafy greens are packed with magnesium, a deficit of which can lead to the complaints listed above, which work to create the perfect environment in which stress thrives

  1. Eggs

The gold standard of protein, eggs also provide calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorous, and vitamins A, D, E, and K – all in one little 80-calorie package – making them one of the most nutritionally-dense foods around which are good for battling stress

  1. Carrots and celery

Carrots, celery and their crunchy brethren work more on a mechanical level. Chomping and chewing work as physical relief to stress, and may be particularly helpful for those who have a habit of grinding their teeth

  1. Flaxseed

Some consider flaxseed to be one of the most powerful foods around, and with good reason. There is some evidence showing it may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Its high omega-3 content lands it in NPR’s list of stress-busting foods

  1. Whole grains

Whether on their own — like brown rice, quinoa or oatmeal — or in whole-grain products like breads and pasta, we’re talking hearty carbohydrates that have not had all of their nutritional integrity processed out of them. Carbs prompt the body to produce more serotonin, the chemical that is commonly known as the “happiness hormone”

  1. Red peppers, papaya and kiwi

What do these three foods have in common? They have more vitamin C per serving than oranges; and vitamin C is the key here. Multiple studies point to C for curbing stress hormones. Berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and leafy greens all boast high vitamin C levels as well.

  1. Tea

Drinking black tea may help you recover from stressful events more quickly. One study looked at people who consumed four cups of tea daily for six weeks, compared with people who drank something else. At the end of the study, the tea drinkers reported feeling calmer and had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after stressful situations. Meanwhile, chamomile tea has been used for ages to calm jitters and relieve stress

  1. Dark chocolate

Cocoa flavanols in chocolate can help boost the mood and sustain clear thinking; and study after study touts dark chocolate’s ability to increase feelings of wellness and decrease stress

 

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