Feeling blue? If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and you can’t shake your bad mood, it might be tempting to invest in a large tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and crawl back under your duvet.
But what you eat actually plays a vital role in how you feel! To kickstart your feel-good hormones and embrace a brand new day, (alongside plenty of fruit and veg) add our mood-boosting foods to your shopping list and you will soon reap the happiness rewards:
– Oily fish: People who are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids may be more susceptible to depression and low mood, according to research, as these fatty acids make up a large percentage of our brain tissue. ‘About 60 percent of the dry weight of the brain is fat, with about 30 percent of that in the form of omega 3,’ says Dr.Eva Cyhlarova, head of research at the Mental Health Foundation. Eat at least one serving (140g) a week. Try mackerel on bread for a brain-boosting breakfast or lunch.
– Bananas: bananas have vitamin A, B6, and C, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate – this helps to boost your mood and is used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Eat at least one serving (140g) a week. Try mackerel on bread for a brain-boosting breakfast or lunch.
– Water: water is extremely crucial for our bodies. Experts recommend 1-2L of water a day. But if you’re not that keen, remember teas count towards that goal. Try starting the day with a mug of freshly boiled water and a slice of lemon, or add a fresh sprig of mint, cucumber or strawberries to a jug of cold water to jazz it up.