FOODS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

We all love food, who doesn’t? We need food to keep our bodies running it’s a basic fact. However, we also need foods that make us feel good as well. There are a lot of foods out there that we think make us feel good but that might not be the case. If you want to find the foods that really make you feel good you need to know what to look for in your foods.

Find and eat foods that are high in both B12 and folic acid. The reason for this is that they seem to cut down on depression and make you feel a lot better mood wise. You can find folic acid in a lot of your beans and greens and B12 can be found in meat, fish, poultry and dairy. Just an example of a few things filled with these two things would be a burrito or an enchilada that’s made with black beans, beef, chicken or pork. A spinach salad perhaps topped with crab or salmon and an omelet that is filled with spinach and cheese. All of these are going to put you in a better mood.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. They are simply packed with very important nutrients and antioxidants that we need to ensure a good quality of life. Eating just two servings a day of fruits and vegetables has been proven to increase a persons good health by 11% and people just seem to feel better overall when they eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Make sure to eat food that has plenty of selenium in them. This is a mineral that acts the same as antioxidants in the body. The selenium is a mineral that helps to alleviate stress in the brain and can help get rid of mild to moderate depression. One of the best sources for selenium is whole grains like oatmeal, whole grain bread and brown rice. All great sources for selenium. You can also find selenium in beans and legumes, lean meats, low fat dairy products, nuts and seeds and seafood especially oysters, clams, crab and sardines.

Make sure to get plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet because it can also ward off depression and make you feel better about yourself. This means you should try to eat fish a few times a week to get enough of these fatty acids. Some good sources for Omega-3 would be herring, rainbow trout, salmon, sardines and tuna.

We all need a daily dose of vitamin D because a lack of it can cause higher incidences of mood disorders such as PMS, seasonal affective disorder, nonspecified mood disorder and even major depressive disorder. We need vitamin D and still to this very day milk and it’s byproducts are the best resources you can find vitamin D in. People can whine and complain about milk and how it’s not as good for you and one might think, however, it still reigns number one when it comes to a beverage that has the power to make you feel good. Other sources that you can get vitamin D from would be salmon and tuna along with beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.

And here’s the one I love. Eat chocolate. That’s right chocolate. Oh, I don’t mean pig out on it but eat in moderation because chocolate especially dark chocolate has an effect on the endorphin levels in your brain, you know the “feel good chemicals” our body creates. So, no wonder chocolate is often called a “comfort food”.  Chocolate really can boost our overall general sense of well-being, it’s not in your head, you really do feel better after a few bites of chocolate!

Steph

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