5 Healthy Foods For A Happier You

Mood Food

Pizza, donuts and fried chicken are among the unhealthiest food you can eat.

Yet many people, even the regular fitness enthusiasts succumb to the lure of these calorie-laden, waist widening diet busters.

The reason? The blues. When people are depressed they tend to reach out for so-called “comfort food” or food that makes them feel better.

But science has proven you don’t have to order pizza to uplift your spirits.

You can eat these 5 healthy foods and be happy yet healthy…

1. Walnuts

According to a 2011 study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, an inverse relationship exists between the level of Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA) and depression particularly in women.

ALA is an Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) that is important for heart heath but cannot be produced by the human body. ALA has been found to have mood enhancing effects.

Walnuts is not only rich in fibre and protein but it is packed with polyunsaturated fats most of which are from ALA. A 30gm serving of walnuts contains 13gms of ALA.

2. Greek Yogurt

A 2013 study conducted in UCLA showed that women who ate yogurt twice a day experienced less activity in areas of the brain associated with pain and depression.

Further, the study also showed eating probiotics such as yogurt can improve the level of cognition.

Greek Yogurt is one of the best foods you can have for breakfast or as a snack.

One serving contains 17.2gms of protein and 60 Million CFUs (Colony Forming Units) of good bacteria.

3. Fruits And Vegetables

A 2016 study conducted by the American Journal on Public Health which included 12,000 randomly followed Australians showed that those who increased their daily consumption of fresh produce scored higher on the happiness scale.

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting compounds and fibre.

There are varieties which help regulate your blood sugar levels and prevent mood swings such as broccoli, apples, blueberries and avocados.

4. Oysters

A 2013 study in Biological Psychiatry proved that people who were diagnosed with depression had 14% less zinc in their blood than the average person.

The study also showed that higher deficiencies were correlated with greater bouts of depression.

Zinc has also been proven to prevent harmful compounds from entering the brain.

3 pieces of oysters contain 74 milligrams of zinc which is higher than any other food source.

5. Dark Chocolate

A 2013 study that was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology showed that people who drank organic chocolate drink with at least 70% cocoa and 45grams of dark chocolate were calmer than those who did not.

It is believed that dark chocolate increases serotonin levels which calm down mood swings.

Dark Chocolate is also rich in anti-oxidants, fibre and iron.

The next time you feel the blues, reach out for some fresh blueberries instead of the typical fried, fat-loaded and highly processed comfort foods.

Always keep in mind that a good healthy body keeps your heart and mind healthy and happy as well.