Foods That Naturally Help Fight The Blues
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Everyone feels sad or blue from time to time. With the fast-paced way of the world, it is completely understandable to feel overwhelmed or just downright blue. You don’t only get the blues during the winter (winter blues), it can happen at any time, sometimes unexpectedly.
1 in 20 Americans suffer from some type of depression. When you feel this way, you tend to try everything you can to get away from it. Luckily, Mother Nature is on your side!
Here are 5 great nutritious foods to try the next time you are feeling blue:
1. Salmon. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that help your brain cells communicate and enhance dopamine and serotonin. A study found that keeping omega-3 rich foods in your diet can help relieve symptoms of depression.
2. Dark Chocolate. There is a reason why many women turn to chocolate when they need a pick-me-up. Dark chocolate has antioxidants that help lower the levels of cortisol in your body, which is the stress hormone. Participants in a study were given a dark chocolate mix drink for one month and the study concluded that the dark chocolate helped with increasing calmness and contentedness.
3. Turkey. You know that aftermath feeling you get during Thanksgiving when you eat turkey? The sleepiness and tiredness? That is because turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan as well as melatonin. Tryptophan is a chemical found in your brain that creates a calming and relaxing sensation; melatonin is a chemical that helps regulate your sleep pattern.
4. Bananas. Bananas also contain the chemical tryptophan. The natural sugars, carbohydrates and potassium that are found in bananas help fuel your brain. Magnesium is also found in bananas, which helps improve your sleep and reduces anxiety, which is a common symptom of depression.
5. Clams And Mussels. Both clams and mussels are high in vitamin B12. Some studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin B12 are more likely to have depression.
The next time you’re feeling blue or down for no apparent reason, try eating one or all of these foods. Having even a small amount of just omega-3 or vitamin B12 can increase your mood and make you feel more like yourself!
Do you have any other tips for what to do when you are having a blue day? Please share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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