As we head into fall, the days are becoming shorter and the weather is turning cooler. When seasons change, our moods can swing with them—bringing feelings of fatigue, sadness and even depression. While we can’t control how long the sun hangs in the sky, we can determine which foods to eat that can give us a great source of energy. Stock up on these foods to give your mood a boost:
- Dark Chocolate: Not only is this sweet treat packed with antioxidants, but it can improve the brain’s cognitive function. When consumed in moderation, chocolate made of 70 percent cocoa or more releases flavonoids that can help us relax.
- Nuts and Seeds: Packed with protein, healthy oils and fiber, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and peanuts all have zinc and magnesium that can boost the immune system.
- Dark Leafy Greens: From kale and Swiss chard to spinach and collards, leafy greens are rich in iron and magnesium that can increase serotonin levels, decrease anxiety and increase energy
- Fatty Fish: Salmon is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, which are helpful to brain and nervous system function. Albacore tuna, sardines, trout and anchovies are great alternatives that provide the same nutrients.
- Sweet Potatoes: Rich in Vitamin B6, sweet potatoes help the production of serotonin, the “feel good” chemical in our brains. An antioxidant known as carotenoid can also help keep depression
- Green Tea: Not only is green tea full of antioxidants that can improve brain function and metabolism, but it can (unlike coffee) increase the amount of dopamine sent to your brain—giving a happy, less jittery feeling.
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