You’ve probably heard the phrase “you are what you eat” but did you know food can affect the way you feel? Recent studies show that food doesn’t just cause feelings of fullness, bloating, and the like – food can affect the way you feel emotionally too.

 

Now is the time when Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as “winter blues” can cause many to feel sluggish, cranky, and overall down. Luckily, these 4 easy-to-find foods can help you put some pep in your step this winter and all year long.

 

  • Fish. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish like tuna and salmon are a mood boosting nutrient that humans don’t produce naturally. Not only do omega 3’s support overall brain health, they are linked to the production of serotonin and dopamine, the happiness chemicals.
  • Cheese. The high amount of calcium found in cheese and other dairy products helps your body release feel-good neurotransmitters which reduce stress, anxiety, and irritability.
  • Tomatoes. Lycopene, a fat-soluble phytonutrient, helps protect the brain from inflammation linked to depression.
  • Dark Chocolate. Chocolate is chock full of antioxidants that provide an instant boost in mood, improves concentration, and even increases blood flow to the brain.

 

Are there any foods missing from this list that help you boost your mood? Share your thoughts with us!