Food does more than just energize the body – the right foods play a vital role in determining your mood by giving your brain the fuel it needs to run. We all know April showers bring May flowers, but sometimes that just isn’t quick enough.
Here are tips from Elizabeth Somer, M.A. and Registered Dietitian, on a few foods to give you a lift on rainy April days.
- Foods rich in carbohydrates, such as whole wheat bread, yams and brown rice, stimulate the release of serotonin and raise endorphin levels, which regulate food cravings and sleep.
- Elizabeth says that those who eat an ample amount of omega-3s, especially DHA in fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna, have a much lower incidence of depression, aggressiveness and hostility. Aim for at least 220 mg of DHA each day. Or, choose algae-based DHA, found in supplements made by life’sDHA.
Tell us: what is your favorite carbohydrate or omega-3 source that boosts your mood?