Boost Your Mood with Food

January 6, 2020
| Created by Hannah Langley, MS, RDN, CD

Most of us are aware of the link between our diet and physical health. However, the old adage, “you are what you eat,” also includes our brain and mental health. Nutritious diets are associated with lower rates of depression and promote feelings of well-being. Here are some of the  Harmons dietitians favorite mood-boosting foods:

Asparagus (and all dark green veggies) contain folate and other B vitamins, which have been shown to positively affect neurotransmitters that impact your mood.

Popcorn is a whole grain that helps maintain steady blood sugar to keep your mood and energy up.

Lentils are packed with plant protein and fiber to keep you satisfied and brain nutrients like B vitamins and magnesium.

Salmon is full of delicious flavor, omega-3’s and vitamin D—key components to happy taste buds and a healthy brain.

Yogurt and kefir are tangy, sweet, creamy and loaded with probiotics which may be associated with better mental health.

Sparkling water, unsweetened tea and coffee, and low sodium broths are inspired ways to hydrate. Even mild dehydration has been associated with anger, fatigue, and mood swings.

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Note this information is not a substitute for medical advice. Please contact your doctor for mental health services.