Food is so much more powerful than we even realise.
Not only do the foods we eat give our body the energy and fuel we need to function and go about our day, they also contain nutrients and hormones which can have positive or negative effects on the mind.
It’s entirely possible to boost your mood and release happy hormones such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, simply making some small changes to your diet.
So today I wanted to share with you the most powerful foods responsible for lifting your mood which literally have the power to make you happier!
7 Powerful Foods That Will Literally Make You Happier
You might have heard this one before and assumed its just a myth… but no, it’s actually true!
Dark chocolate contains a bunch of nutrients and minerals which release endorphins in the brain.
Plus, it’s a powerful antioxidant which can help reduce inflammation, heal tissue damage and reduce the appearance of ageing.
No. Not those kinds of mushrooms…
Mushrooms are high in vitamin D which has been proven to improve depression and boost low mood. Mushrooms are also rich in the mineral selenium, which recent studies have shown deficiency can lead to a higher risk of depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Oranges are high in vitamin C and antioxidants which have both been linked to improving mood and releasing endorphins in the body.
Vitamin C is powerful in fighting off common illnesses such as flu and the common cold, plus more serious diseases including cancers and heart disease – that’s definitely enough to make you smile!
Similarly, grapes are high in vitamin C and antioxidants which have been proven to improve mood and fight disease.
Grapes are a brilliant snack to pick at throughout the day as the low calorie sugar boost will help you resist the urge to say yes to naughty foods that would otherwise tempt you.
Just the scent of vanilla alone has been proven to release endorphins, calm the mind and body and reduce stress.
Why do you think the vanilla is so commonly used in spas, aromatherapy and beauty products?
Additionally, vanilla beans help the body produce serotonin and dopamine and have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
SPICY FOODS 🌶
This is an interesting one…
When we eat spicy foods, signals rush to our brain to tell us we’re in pain!
As a result, the brain releases more endorphins and dopamine to counteract that feeling. That’s the reason you might feel a bit of a rush after you finish eating a spicy meal. It’s similar to the effects of adrenaline on a much smaller scale.
Nuts, avocados, oily fishes and seeds contain healthy fats with many benefits including releasing a chemical in the body known as Eicosanoids.
Eicosanoids are hormones which support the brain in the production of more commonly known mood-boosting hormones including endorphins, serotonin and dopamine
To Finish Off…
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new about some of the most powerful happy foods there are to eat.
Let me know your favourite in the comments below and if you know of any other scientifically proven mood boosting foods, then I would love to hear from you!