Well-Being

Foods That Make You Happy

Foods That Change Your Mood

Ok, so it’s May and it feels like winter, not only is the sun hidden but we are getting jet streams of cold air that has wrapped itself around this little island like an iceberg rug.

When I woke up this morning I had to remind myself what season we are in.  I think it is called global warming or should I re-phrase to global freezing; grey clouds, no sun and central heating on full blast.  Then I look in my garden and I see flowers and new leaves on the trees.  I feel perturbed a little I confess. Now, I could easily let this get to me and take part in the very British past time and discuss and complain about the weather but I will not!  Instead I am going to look at 5 foods that promise to make us happy!

Happy Food List

1. Shitake Mushrooms, a little bit more than your average mushroom with a very meaty texture.  It is high in B6, also known as pyridoxine.  This is particularly good for improving your mood helping you feel great.  Vitamin B6 impacts the production of serotonin and neurotransmitters.  Healthy B6 levels are associated with a positive mood and reducing stress naturally and helping with depression.

2. Avocados have been described as a super food because it has insane amount of benefits.  As well as protecting your heart, digestion, skin, hair plus much more, avocados are natural hormone balancers, ensuring your brain is making the right chemicals needed for keep it feeling great.  You can use them to make either savoury or sweet dishes. One of my favourite is avocado, banana and lime all whisked up in the blender, and serve with sprinkles of nuts.

3. Asparagus is one of the top plant-based sources of tryptophan, which serves as a basis for the creation of serotonin—one of the brain’s primary mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Asparagus also boasts high levels of folate, a nutrient that may fight depression.  Apparently I have heard research shows that up to 50 percent of people with depression suffer from low folate levels.  (Please do your own homework here).

 4. Dark Chocolate or preferably raw cacao. The mood boosting benefits come from resveratrol, an antioxidant and an immune system booster also found in red wine, and among other products too. Its mental health benefits include the ability to boost brain levels of endorphins and serotonin, a happy mood-altering chemical.  

5. Raw unpasteurized honey is packed with beneficial compounds like quercetin and kaempferol that reduce inflammation and boast your immune system, keeping your brain healthy and warding off depression. Honey is much kinder in balancing your blood-sugar levels than regular sugar.  Honey will not send your body into fat-storage mode like the white stuff unless you eat too much.  Everything in moderation otherwise you could result in feeling depressed by putting on those extra pounds.

Lets end on a happy note and not let the weather dictate our moods!

Sending you warm hugs,

Cherronx

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