Moody and tired all the time? Try these uplifting foods

28 February, 2020

It’s Monday and your wishing you could just shut you alarm off, pull the covers back over your head and sleep the day away. Moodiness and the feeling of being low happens to all of us from time to time (we’re human after all) but when this feeling becomes your ‘norm’ it may be worth trying some of these mood boosting foods to get your brain going and your body’s bounce back.

Did you know that 90% of serotonin (the ‘happy’ chemical) receptors are located in the gut? According to Harvard Medical School, it reveals that certain foods when consumed can indeed boost your mood, energy levels and have a positive impact on our overall mental and physical wellbeing. Ok, ok… look, we know that a delicious cheesy pizza or a delicious block of chocolate brings our tastebuds joy … but that happy high only sticks around until sugar levels drop once again and so the roller coaster cycle continues.. leading to mood swings, sluggishness, and even irritability. And no one wants a Debbie Downer sat next to them in the office. So what foods can we eat that will keep our mood elevated while maintaining a healthy diet? Here are a few of our favourite ‘Happy’ foods.

Eat The Rainbow
Quite literally, the more natural coloured foods you add into your diet, the brighter you may feel! Blueberries are said to be a superfood and contain potent antioxidants that may help with depression and are said to be a great anti-inflammatory. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in vitamin K and folate and could assist in improving brain health.
Mix up your plate with beautiful colourful fruits and veges that won’t only delight your senses but will be good for you too!

Salmon Will Make You Smile
This delicious fish is packed with protein, potassium, vitamin b12 as well as iron and vitamin D. And if that wasn’t a good enough reason to eat this yummy fish, its high in omega-3 fatty acids which may lower risk of certain diseases such as heart disease & Alzheimer’s disease and could also help with inflammation issues.

Be Nutty
Nuts contain a wide variety of nutrients which all assist in maintaining brain health. These vitamins of vitality include vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, B vitamins and healthy fats to name a few. Eating nuts may improve memory and boost learning skills

Fermented Is Your Friend
We now know that gut health plays an essential roll in maintaining our overall health and when it comes to fermented foods, you’ll be consuming all the ‘good bacteria’ to fight off the nasties. From scrumptious Sauerkraut to gut-loving activated yoghurts, fermented foods are rich in probiotics and may help reduce stress and improve memory.

Chatswood  has an awesome array of restaurants and eateries serving up these ‘Happy foods’, from Kimchi at PepperLunch Express to nuts to nibble on at Horn of Plenty… you’ll be sure to find these gut-loving foods all under the one roof!