Researchers have known for some time now that certain foods - mostly caffeine and sugar - can play a role in stimulating us from a foul mood by releasing certain neurotransmitters in our brains. These substances when consumed in moderation have gratifying qualities that give you the feel-good sensation. But scientists are also uncovering a whole gamut of compounds that naturally occur within foods that have the ability to lift us out of a blah mood.
Eating sufficient green vegetables can boost folic acid intake and lower the risk of depression. Folic acid deficiency has been associated with dementia and schizophrenia in extreme cases. Folic acid belongs to the vitamin B family and is broadly found in leafy greens, legumes and folic acid-fortified foods, such as orange juice and cereal. Those who were on a folic acid-restricted diet were found to be more forgetful, suffered from sleeplessness and irritability.
A daily intake of approximately 200 micrograms of folic acid per day is recommended and the amount can easily get in about 3/4 cup of cooked spinach. However, high doses of folic acid can be toxic.
Minerals From the Sea
Fish is brain food and good for the heart but researchers are beginning to see that it can perk up your mood too. The reason for this is because seafood is a rich source of the mineral selenium. Those who skimp on selenium were found to be anxious, depressed and tired.
Besides seafood, other foods that are high in selenium are whole grains, cereals, meat and nuts. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast will definitely get you started in the correct mood - which will pay off when faced with situations that require you to have a good mood - such as at work when you're dealing with clients, handling a task or managing your young children.
Garlic is not only used to fend off Dracula but also the blues. Researchers who originally researching effects of garlic on high cholesterol, also found that the moods of their subjects improved as well, in that they felt less fatigued, worried, restless and bad-tempered.
Drink a Cup of Caffeine
Caffeine is, without a doubt, an excellent pick-me-up. Caffeine has the ability to produce feelings of euphoria, which may explain why tea and coffee are the beverage of choice around the world to soothe frazzled nerves and to banish fatigue. Caffeine can also be found in carbonated sodas, cocoa drinks and energy drinks. Excessive caffeine intakes can play havoc with your body as it will make you jittery, anxious and keep you wide awake at night.
Hot and Spicy
Spicy hot chilies can in fact give you more of a sensory high than a burning tongue. It induces a rush of brain endorphins that give you a temporary mood lift. Capsaicin, which is the natural-happening chemical in chili, burns your tongue when you eat it - this, in turn, sends false pain signals to the brain. In response, your brain secretes natural pain killers known as endorphins to stop the pain that puts you in a healthier mood.
So remember these food if you are feeling down. Not only they are filled with nutritional values, but I am very sure they will bring you to cloud nine after consuming them.