Sadness is a serious health matter and can lead to depression. Being sad is inevitable in life but ensuring that you live a happy and healthy life is paramount. When the mood creeps in, there are foods that help you deal. Many opt for ice cream, alcohol and other unhealthy and expensive means but you can boost your mood in some easy and cheaper ways.
Sweet potatoes are carbohydrates that support efficient production of serotonin, a mood-regulating neurotransmitter. They are also a great source of vitamin A and C, fibre, and potassium which is a key mineral for muscle and nerve function.
Peeling oranges might seem a messy business but it takes focus. They give you something to do with your hands and turn your attention from what might be inclined to stress. Oranges have a bright colour that’s cheerful and can boost your mood. They are also a good source of folate and immune-boosting vitamin C.
Bananas are a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins B6 and potassium. However, some people fear eating bananas because of the conception that it has a lot of sugar and makes you fat. But actually bananas are the best when it comes to a sad day. Eating bananas will help keep you from dipping into a sad territory.
Chicken is eye appealing, and even from a distance, a well-presented chicken will raise your nerves. Chicken is a source of protein and contains the amino acid that’s a precursor to serotonin, a mood regulator. Go for chicken when you’re sad, add salads, and a little bit of fat to boost satiety and you will enjoy on blustery days.
Nuts are packed with balanced protein, healthy fat, fibre, and omega 3. Grabbing a handful of nuts at your overload office desk, walk path or even at home after a stressful day will ease your mind. The one-by-one take keeps you busy and hence distract you from over thinking.
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, for example, has a folate that enhances production of dopamine, which plays an important role in mood. Incorporating plenty of folate-rich foods enhances a happy mood.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and are relatively low in calories. The yolk contains choline, which is good for brain and nerves. Mixing one whole egg with a few whites is a great way to relax your mind and great a soothing mood.
EDITORIAL POLICY: Permission to use quotation from this article is granted subject to full credit of source being given by referencing the direct link of the article on edaily.co.ke