I am sure we all suffer from mood swing now and then…be it a bad start to a day, or an irritating boss, or some fight at home! However, depression-related mood swings are the worst! Grabbing a chocolate bar or feasting on an ice-cream are some of the common mod elevators. Let’s read about some uncommon ones…..
- Bananas- mood-boosting carbohydrates aid in tryptophan absorption. Vitamin B6 in the bananas helps in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin (mood-lifting hormone)
- Lentils- The complex carbs in them help the brains to produce more serotonin. They also help to stabilize your blood sugar levels, resulting in a happier state of mind. Increased levels of folate are associated with reduced risks of depression and anxiety.
- Chicken and turkey- Lean protein contains an amino acid tyrosine which reduces the symptoms of depression (it also makes the hormone adrenaline which is connected to depression). Chicken and turkey have good amounts of tryptophan, which is used to make serotonin the body. It also helps in making melatonin-the sleep hormone.
- Oil Fish- salmon, mackerel, sardines are some of the best options to get that kick of omega 3 fatty acids (which elevate tour mood levels by keeping the brain cells active)
So, what are you now worried about? The next time you face a terrible mood swing, you know what to stock in your kitchen!