7 Healthy Foods To Help Heal A Broken Heart

Fixing a broken heart

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Written by: Jenna Barrington

What you eat has a HUGE influence on how you feel. This includes when you are suffering from a broken heart!

There are a lot of whole foods that are good at helping you make it through the tough stages of a breakup that can provide your body and mind with the nourishment they need to stay at optimum health.

Not only can these foods help mend your emotional heart, but they can also carry great benefits for your physical heart as well!

7 Healthy Foods To Help Heal A Broken Heart

#1 Banana

My husband and I are OBSESSED with bananas. They are a true, modern-day superfood. Not to mention very affordable!

Bananas are a great carb to eat for energy when you need that mid-day boost or to be replenished after a workout. They also contain tryptophan, which helps release feel-good hormones, promotes good sleep and also helps you maintain energy stores – all of which are much needed when you are suffering a heartbreak!

Some studies have linked banana consumption to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Recipe: Paleo Baked Stuffed Bananas

#2 Dark Chocolate

This one is rather obvious! Dark chocolate was named by Shape Magazine as one of the Top 8 Best Foods to Boost Your Mood. And the benefits don’t just apply to women! Chocolate contains stress-reducing properties that, when consumed regularly, contribute to lower stress levels. Dark chocolate also contains theobromine and phenylethylamine, alkaloids that have been shown to improve mood.  

Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that may greatly benefit the heart.

Recipe: Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Mousse

#3 Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium – a trace mineral that’s important for proper thyroid and hormone function. Selenium deficiency has been linked to depression and irritability.  

Regular consumption of nuts has been linked in recent studies to longevity and better health! Brazil nuts have also been shown to help keep good cholesterol levels balanced and bad cholesterol levels low.

#4 Fish

Because of the standard american diet, a lot of people have an imbalance between omega-6 (too much) and omega-3 (too little) fatty acids. Omega-3’s are vital for proper brain and hormone function and have been shown to improve mood, behavior, stress, dementia and aging. Fish is an excellent source of these fatty acids. Choose wild-caught fish whenever possible.

A good balance of fatty acids is (not surprisingly) also important for heart health.

Recipe: Blackened Salmon With Roasted Asparagus

#5 Dairy-Free Ice Cream/Shake

Indulge in a delicious treat without feeling guilty afterwards! All you need for delicious homemade dairy-free ice cream are frozen bananas, almond milk and raw cacao. Dark chocolate almond milk also works fantastic. Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Superfood Energy Shake

Banana Almond Superfood Shake

Turmeric Milkshake

#6 Swiss Chard

Throw a few stems of this leafy green into your next feel-good smoothie! Swiss chard is rich in magnesium, a nutrient many are deficient in that is responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions in your brain. Having enough magnesium is important for keeping good energy levels and may also have an effect on mood and depression.

#7 Strawberries

Delicious and rich in antioxidants, strawberries also contain a good amount of vitamin C. This vitamin is vital for keeping the immune system functioning top notch and may also help to sooth nerves.

Recipe: Raw Cheesecake (With Strawberries)

Conclusion

Although it may be tempting to turn to sugary comfort foods when you are feeling heartbroken, filling up with these healthy and heart-boosting foods will be much more beneficial for your mood and overall wellbeing.

Do you have any feel-good recipes that are also bursting with nutrition? Please share below!

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Jenna Barrington

Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.

Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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