Feeling Grumpy? Eat Mood-Enhancing Food. You’ll Be Amazed To Know They’re Just In Your Kitchen.

Sometimes, a little trip to the fridge is all it takes to kick up a good mood!
posted on: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Are you being dreadful because work week has started again? You are not alone. Instead of moping around and doing the “duck face” for 24 hours, why not start eating food that will help you feel happy? Aside from dark chocolate, start scouring your kitchen for the following and start painting a smile on your face. These are the mood-enhancing food you need to add to your grocery list.

1. Pasta

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The carbohydrates found in pasta increases your body’s endorphin and serotonin levels. If you are a fan of macaroni and cheese, you might be happy to know that cheese contains vitamin B, which have been proven to enhance one’s mood.

2. Eggs

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Eggs contain omega-3 fatty acids and they are believed to manage brain signals that are responsible for regulating mood.

3. Coconut

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Coconuts are frequently added in desserts which are pretty unhealthy if not taken in moderation. But coconuts are full of medium-chain triglycerides, a special kind of fat that promote overall brain vitality and improve mood.

4. Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are known to have lycopene, an antioxidant that protects the brain and fights inflammation. If you are not a fan of eating large tomatoes, try eating cherry tomatoes with olive oil. Absorption of lycopene is enhanced by olive oil.

5. Milk

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Milk contains iodine which is important in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland regulates a lot of our body’s functions, including our mood. Milk also contains whey protein which is believed to lessen anxiety.

6. Spinach

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If you can’t help thinking why Popeye is gaga over spinach, maybe it’s because it’s packed with folic acid. What’s with folic acid anyway? It actually reduces fatigue and help mitigate depression.

7. Honey

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Not only is honey sweet, it’s oozing with quercetin and kaempferol, which reduces brain inflammation and prevent you from having depression.

8. Oatmeal

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You thought that oatmeal is only good for those who want to reduce weight, right? You are belittling our little fellow called oatmeal because it makes our bodies produce dopamine. Dopamine have been known in studies to produce increased levels of pleasure.

9. Bananas and ice cream

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Why did I combine the two? I want you to make one serving of banana split for yourself. Bananas contain tryptophan. It helps the body to produce niacin then niacin produces serotonin, a happy hormone. Ice cream on the other hand contains vitamin B. Just make sure you opt for the low-fat and low-sugar ice cream types.

10. Chili

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Chili have set many mouths on fire but little did you know that it helps you achieve a sense of well being? Let’s thank its component called capsaicin. So what happens when you eat spicy food? Capsaicin will attach to the pain receptors found in your nose and mouth and your brain will tell you that it’s pain and how does your body react to this kind of pain? It releases endorphins or happy hormones.

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