Mood Boosting Foods

We all know that food can improve the way we feel, but did you know that certain foods can improve your mood?  It’s true! Eating certain foods can improve your happiness. We all know that eating healthy is important no matter what our age. But it is particularly important for seniors to eat healthy to avoid many health issues.  

What are some of these super foods that can improve how you feel? Here’s a list :

  • Banana – Bananas can increase the production of serotonin and dopamine. Important neurotransmitters for happiness.
  • Grapes – Grapes are full of vitamin C and natural sugars, both of which enhance mood and boost energy.
  • Tomatoes – Tomato skins help stop the pro-inflammatory compounds that are linked to depression.
  • Almonds – Almonds contain good fats for skin and brain health. They also increase dopamine levels.
  • Green Tea – Green tea contains L- theanine, an amino acid that decreases anxiety and stress.
  • Strawberries – Strawberries are a great source of potassium and vitamin C. Potassium can help generate nerve impulses.
  • Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate improves blood flow to the brain, and is almost immediately noticeable in brightening your mood.
  • Avocado – Avocados are great for your skin and hair, but they also increase dopamine levels and increase endorphins.
  • Spinach – Spinach contains vitamins B6, B12 and B3, all of which are essential in producing serotonin.
  • Yogurt – Yogurt can boost your vitamin D, just like the sun can. Lack of vitamin D can cause depression.
  • Walnuts – Walnuts have omega 3s and antioxidants, both which have benefits. They also contain magnesium, which can reduce irritability, anxiety & depression.
  • Asparagus – Asparagus is one of the highest plant based sources for tryptophan, which creates serotonin.
  • Water – Water may not be a food, but it is important for our mood. Dehydration can impair our brain’s ability to function.
  • Raw Honey – Honey is a source of sweetness without the negative effects of sugar. It helps reduce inflammation in the brain.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Omatra7 says:

    When we are not on lockdown 🤨… we have a asparagus festival usually… once a year… anything you could possibly imagine with asparagus 😮… even asparagus ice cream lol 😮

    We also have strawberry festivals, and a place named Gilroy is a couple hours drive and they have a Garlic festival… when you drive through Gilroy – it just smells like garlic – the entire town!!

    We also have something called “farm to fork” where they show you all the local vegetables and how to cook or love them…

    California is agriculture state. We have almonds and walnuts – all of these things are delicious ❤️

    I was never big on asparagus lol … but you can get creative with it… anything really.

    Every time I read your posts and you tell me the benefits lol… I always think ok I can eat more of that lol 😄✌️

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    1. Garima says:

      Hahaha I am glad. I heard about the agricultural part of California when I visited the Bay Area early March. The produce I found there was definitely better in quality than anywhere else.

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  2. Carol Anne says:

    Awesome! I shall reblog this one! I got a lot out of reading it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for reblog Carol. I am glad you liked the post.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Vihani says:

    Very helpful article garima! Thanks for sharing ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Garima says:

      Thanks Vihani. The fuel we choose to eat can greatly affect our mood, energy, and our brain’s overall performance. Our brains produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps calm and soothe us, giving us a more relaxed, cheerful mood.


  4. Awesome post! Super helpful 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it. As more tryptophan enters the brain, more serotonin is synthesized in the brain, and mood tends to improve. Serotonin, known as a mood regulator, is made naturally in the brain from tryptophan with some help from the B vitamins. Foods thought to increase serotonin levels in the brain include fish and vitamin D.

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