Good Foods That Boost Your Mood

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While people might search endlessly for ways to feel happy, boosting your mood can be as simple as eating the right foods.

In a world filled with responsibilities and pressures, people sometimes feel depressed or fatigued. Boosting your mood can be easier than you might think. There are certain foods that help to make you feel better. It is amazing to think God gives us everything we need. Rather than wallowing in sadness or taking medication, you can just eat the right foods to get a healthy feeling of well-being. Recently the Washington Post published a list of foods that can help lift your spirits.

Do you suffer from premenstrual syndrome-related depression? Try eating food with calcium that also help you maintain strong bones and healthy blood vessels as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bodies. You can find it in foods such as low-fat yogurt, collard greens, low-fat milk and kale. Who knew it could be this easy to combat PMS?

Another must-have mineral is chromium. This trace mineral is found in small amounts in our bodies. It helps our bodies regulate insulin and metabolize food. It also boosts the levels of melatonin, serotonin and norepinephrine to help regulate your emotions and moods. It can actually be an effective treatment for depression. You can find this mood-altering mineral in favorite such as whole-wheat English muffins, grape juice and broccoli.

Do have have feelings of fatigue? Iron helps transport oxygen throughout your body. Eating it can prevent anemia and get rid of feelings of apathy and fatigue. Iron is found in a variety of foods including lentils, soybeans and dark meat turkey. Other vitamins and minerals that combat depression include Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and magnesium. Consider the words of Matthew 6:11: "Give us this day our daily bread."

The next time you feel tired or down, examine your daily diet. Adding the right foods is a natural way to fight off fatigue and feel good. God gives us a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat to make our bodies function well. Adding prayer to your day is another way to elevate your mood and have hope for the future. Who knew it could be this simple?

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