Nutrition is one of the most surprising factors that can cheer you up when your feeling rather blue. Apart from ranking high on the “keeping you naturally happy” index, eating good food keeps you healthy and is a treat in itself.
Research shows that some nutrients are essential in our diet to keep us feeling happy throughout the day. Try to substitute the following foods in place of sugary foods when you can because sugary foods have the ability to leave you feeling less on energy, owing to the dramatic peaks and troughs in blood sugar levels it induces.
The more energy you have to carry out tasks during the day, the more productive you feel and the less fatigued – both of which are known to keep us at our happiest.
A cup of tea can make you happier because of the caffeine in the hot beverage.
Nettle tea provides you with several immune-system-boosting antioxidants, such as minerals, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Nettle tea also aids in lowering blood sugar levels and improving digestion.
Sunflower seeds contain plenty of folic acid, soluble fibre, vitamin E and essential omega 3 and 6 fats, all of which has the potential to uplift your mood.
Spicy foods can also make us feel better.
Seafood has the potential to uplift your mood. Prawns, shrimps and oysters help to release toxins from the body and maintain healthy skin. A diet low on seafood can lead to negative mood imbalances, and even cause depression and anxiety for some people, so it is a good idea to always include some seawater dishes in your diet.
Bananas are packed with fatigue-busting carbohydrates, immune system-boosting antioxidants, potassium, zinc and magnesium. Lack of magnesium in a diet often leads to depression, inattention and insomnia. Bananas are known to work best when combined with other mood-uplifting foods, such as blackberries, so whip up a healthy and cool smoothie for yourself when you can find the time to do so, to ensure that your diet is regularly keeping you happy.
The humble blackberry is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, soluble fibre and folic acid. Low levels of folic acid in the blood stream often give rise to depression. Research at Cardiff University has found that increasing your intake of soluble fibre can prevent fatigue by upto 10 percent, suggesting that a more energy-filled mood during the day will keep you happier for longer.
Avocados contain B vitamins(including B6), vitamin E and folic acid.
Egg yolks apart from being scrumptious is rich in protein, omega 3 and six fats and vitamin D – a nutrient we absorb naturally from the sun, which is known to uplift our mood.
Each potato spud contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C, which work together to boost the immune system, potassium and high levels of soluble fibre. Soluble fibre slows down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, and can potentially help to regulate your blood sugar levels, keeping them constant and thus helping maintain a consistently good mood. Thry’re also a great source of slow-release carbohydrates, giving you the energy necessary to power through the day.
Lentils are hearty and wholesome and contain high levels of soluble fibre, protein and folic acid, as well as being rich in carbohydrates. Making lentils a part of your meal will give you a natural and sustainable energy lift.