Today we all are suffering from Coronavirus outbreak. Almost 80 percent of the world population is locked down. Most of the countries are suffering very badly and people are either in self-isolation or quarantine. This condition and situation can disturb you and can affect your mood. Sometime the factor could be internal. So a human’s mood depends on two factors; internal and external but we should not forget that your emotions and feelings are controlled by our brain. Yes, the brain is our body’s master and human hormones control our brain.
So the question is do you think that your food can affect or influence your mood. Yes, medical science says that in some ways, the diet may influence mood. We also noticed that when we eat the food of our choice, our mood and our body energy is top of the world. So let’s know about those foods which can improve our mood.
1. Dark Chocolate:
I know that you feel happy when you read this name. Yes, dark chocolate can boost your mood as it has many mood-boosting compounds. Once you eat dark chocolate, it may release a cascade of feel-good compounds like phenylethylamine which acts directly in the brain. It makes us happy, improves our blood circulation, and stimulates the heart.
Bananas may also improve your mood. Bananas are a great source of natural sugar, high in vitamin B6, and prebiotic fiber, which works together to keep your blood sugar levels and mood stable. Blood sugar levels that are too low may lead to irritability and mood swings. Bananas help synthesize feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
3. Dairy Products:
Dairy products like milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, paneer, milk-made sweets, etc. have high calcium content. It can also improve your mood. Due to the high contents of calcium, it increases your working capacity and mental activity. It also improves the immune system, lowers blood pressure and keeps you happy.
Coffee is the most popular drink around the world and I also like to drink coffee. I like to sip coffee when I feel low energy and when my mood is down. The caffeine in coffee increases alertness and attention. It also increases the release of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and norepinephrine.
5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Medical science says that Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may help protect against depression and may improve your mood. You can get Omega-3 in fatty fish, flaxseed, and in walnut. Omega-3s contribute to the fluidity of your brain’s cell membrane and appear to play key roles in brain development and cell signaling. That is why many doctors recommend using fish oil to fight depression.
6. Fiber-Rich Foods:
Fiber-rich foods also may help you to improve your mood. You can get rich fiber in oats, oatmeal, muesli, brown bread, and granola. These fiber-rich foods can promote the growth of good gut bacteria that may have a positive effect on mental health. Fiber also helps in digestion.
The Bottom Line:
All these foods can improve your mood but don’t forget your liquid intake. Water will keep you hydrated and help you to feel more alert and productive. You also need to make distance from smoking and alcohol and you need to start some light exercise and yoga.