Food Can Change Your Mood: 8 Ways Food Can Help You Fight Depression

Say yes to carbohydrates! Say yes to fatty acids! Say yes to nutrients! Say yes to Vitamin D! Hog on to selenium rich food! A healthy and balanced breakfast!

Foodies, Empty Stomach, Food Can Help You Fight Depression, Mood

Foodies are usually those people who love to eat and who, in turn, are more tolerant, easy going and outgoing in nature than those who aren’t big foodies. The explicit reason can be that food can largely affect your mood. Have you ever wondered why you often get frustrated if you have an empty stomach? Or why is it that you are more happy-go-lucky after eating something you really like?

Your daily diet affects your brain and brings about changes in your brain structure, both chemically and physiologically, which in turn leads to altered moods.

So without much ado, let us show you these ways in which you can even regulate your mood with food and this is how easy and tasty it gets.

1. Say yes to carbohydrates!

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An amino acid (tryptophan) is released with the intake of carbohydrates, which in turn synthesizes serotonin (mood regulator) in the brain which is responsible for improving mood.

Found in:

Fish, whole grains, vegetables, legumes.

What if you don’t?

If you follow a ‘low-carb diet’, you’ll get fat. And I am not kidding (Low carbohydrates with your intake of food can enhance fatigue and reduce the desire to exercise. In short, you’ll get fat).

2. Say yes to fatty acids!

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Omega-3 fatty acids, as research suggests, physiologically affects neurotransmitter pathways in the brain and may help depression.

Found in:

Fatty fish, flaxseed, walnuts.

3. Say yes to nutrients!

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It is either that low intake of nutrients leads to poorer mood, or that depression leads people to eat less nutrients. But there’s an association for sure, as the researchers suggest. Proper intake of nutrients can help you reduce sad thoughts and negative emotions.

Found in:

Fruits, nuts, vegetables, cereals, legumes and fish.

4. Say yes to Vitamin D

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Vitamin D increases the level of serotonin in our brain which regulates our mood and keeps us from depression. There must be a minimum of 6000 IU of Vitamin D intake via food every day.

Found in:

Egg, Cheese, fatty fish, tuna, orange juice, soya milk and cereals.

5. Hog on to selenium rich food

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Researchers have studied an association between poor mood and low selenium intakes. Proper intake of selenium rich food helps improve mild or moderate depression. An intake of 300 mgs per day for a week can show great results.

Found in:

Seafood, nuts and seeds, meat, whole grains and dairy products.

6. A healthy and balanced breakfast

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Along with better memory and more energy throughout the day, eating balanced breakfast everyday can also lead to an improved mood, researchers suggest.

What if you don’t?

Eating a healthy breakfast helps calm the mind and prepares the body for the whole day, while skipping breakfast or improper breakfast can lead to improved level of fatigue and anxiety.

7. Regulate your caffeine intake

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Caffeine might help you stay up late but it could have a tremendous effect on your mood the very next day. Caffeine might also help your headaches but it might pave way for poor moods like depression. Proper intake of caffeine, that which your body can tolerate is okay but do not overdo it. Limiting or eliminating caffeine might help your mood from being low.

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RiYa Chawla (WRITER)

Riya Chawla, is currently pursuing Literature and Psychology from Nagpur. Being a vehement writer and an avid reader, she longs to bring complexities to an end and help commas become inverted.