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4 Superfoods To Boost Your Mood

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4 Superfoods To Boost Your Mood

 
 
Did you know that by changing your diet—the foods you eat, and the way you eat them—you can actually change the chemical structure of your brain?

 

 
 
To calm down or cheer up, reach for these 4 feel-good, mood-boosting foods:

1. Oranges. Next time you feel your blood pressure boiling, eat an orange. The vitamin C will help bring it back down—along with cortisol, a hormone that goes haywire when you’re stressed. Check out this Orange Pine Nut Salad to help!

2. Spinach. Every day, our brains need a fresh supply of B vitamins to concoct the mood-boosting chemicals (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine) that make us feel happy. Spinach is crammed with B vitamins plus magnesium, which fights fatigue. Start your morning off with this delicious Spinach Salad to help fight fatigue.

3. Beef. Iron-rich beef strengthens your red blood cells, which haul energizing oxygen to all parts of your body and brain. Without enough iron, you won’t be able to sleep well or think clearly—in fact, the first symptoms of full-blown anemia are crankiness, fatigue, and brain fog. The best vegan alternatives: lentils and black beans. Get a load of iron with this Beef Kebab recipe.

4. Wild salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids protect neurotransmitter pathways in the brain. Research suggests these fats may fight depression and PMS, and most people don’t eat enough of them. Get omega-3s from flaxseed, walnuts, and omega-3 fortified eggs, if you don’t eat cold-water fish like wild salmon. Here’s a mouthwatering Pan Seared Salmon with Balsamic Vegetables recipe for you to try!

 

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