Fall is one of the happiest times of years in so many ways. The cold weather draws us indoors to rest and enjoy rackling fires that warm our bones, hot baths with relaxing aromas, and long nights to enjoy restful sleep. The fall can also bring on changes in our moods due to less sunlight, changes in our circadian rhythm due to time changes, and maybe a little indulging in comfort foods. Food has a major impact on our moods, and we thought fall would be the perfect time of year to talk about the top mood-boosting foods to keep you feeling your best year-round.
Top 5 Foods that Boost Mood
1. Fatty fish
Fatty fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Our bodies do not produce this group of essential fats so they must be obtained through your diet. Incorporating omega 3’s have been linked to lower levels of depression.
2. Dark chocolate
This superfood is high in flavonoids which support mood regulation by increasing blood flow to your brain, reducing inflammation, and boosting brain health.
3. Fermented foods
Fermented foods like kimchi, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut, improve gut health and mood by producing feel good neurotransmitters and reducing inflammation which can contribute to depression.
High in vitamin B6, bananas helps synthesize feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
As I’m sure you may know, blood sugar levels that drop too low can cause irritability and mood swings. When bananas are combined with fibrous foods, sugar is released at a slower rate, leading to stable, balanced blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Oats contain fiber that stabilize blood sugar levels, in turn boosting and balancing your mood. Oats also contain iron which can be beneficial if you’re experiencing mood changes due to an iron deficiency.