There are certain foods that may directly or indirectly act as mood enhancers. Here we tell you about five of them.
1. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is known to help people who frequently feel irritable and testy. Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fiber. The soluble fiber aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels as it slows down the sugar absorption in the bloodstream. Oatmeal is also an awesome diet food as the soluble fiber delays the emptying of the stomach by forming a layer of gel. That way you do not feel hungry for long hours.
There are several other foods that are rich in soluble fiber such as beans, barley, strawberries, peas, citrus as well as apples.
If you find oatmeal boring then you can try adding interesting toppings to it such as
a. Low fat granola
b. Chopped apples
c. Applesauce along with cinnamon
e. Almond slivers
2. Walnuts: Walnuts are best known as brain food for centuries. The dieticians have established that walnuts are a superb source of omega three fatty acids which is an essential fat required by the brain to function with ease. Omega 3 also acts as mood enhancers and may help fight depression. Many people also say that the bi lobed, wrinkly appearance of walnuts resemblance the brain and thus they are good for the brain. Whatever is the reason it is a fact that walnuts are good for the brain. Start by munching on few walnuts during your snack hour.
Other omega 3 rich foods are salmon, flaxseeds as well as sardines.
Other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, and omega-3 fortified eggs.
3. Tea: Tea is like one of those foods that you need to have in limited quantities to get maximum benefits. Tea helps in uplifting the mood; however, too much of it causes nervousness, irritability and touchiness. Plus, it is quite easy to get addicted to it.
Instead of caffeinated teas and coffee switch to herbal tea as they are very healthy. If you are having tea then add some healthy spices and herbs to it like cinnamon and cardamom. Limit your tea and coffee intake to two to three cups. Instead of adding sugar or artificial sweeteners add honey to it.
4. Salmon: Salmon that is canned and has bones is rich in Vitamin D. It also has ample of omega 3 fatty acids in it. Now we all know that we get more Vitamin D when our bodies are exposed to sunlight than from the food we eat. However, in colder months the amount of sunlight required to produce Vitamin D is not sufficient. Thus we need to include some foods that are rich in Vitamin D.
Why Vitamin D? Vitamin D helps in increasing serotonin levels which acts as mood enhancers.
5. Lentils: lentils are a rich source of a kind of Vitamin B known as folate which is known to improve mood and also essential for proper functioning of the brain. Just one cup of cooked lentils makes up for ninety percent of the suggested daily limit of folic acid. Lentils are also rich in fiber and proteins which help in stabilizing the blood sugar levels.
More sources of folate are breakfast cereals, green veggies like spinach and broccoli, liver as well as beans.