Sitting at home and reading the news from around the world, at this time especially, can make you feel low and anxious. If you are going through such emotions as well, we’ll tell you what to do to restore happiness and peace of mind in lockdown. Though a good, delicious meal can boost your mood, there are times when you don’t feel like ordering or going through the entire process of cooking a lavish meal.
Don’t fret because, at that time, all you need to do is head to the kitchen. Not for cooking a meal. But, to relish one of the food items from this list of mood boosters that we present to you in our Quarantine Curation today.
Most of these items are available in your pantry and as for the rest, you will find them easily in grocery stores. The food items mentioned in this list can reduce stress and tension levels. It will make you feel calm as well.
Take a look:
Dark Chocolate. Photo: Pixabay/ StockSnap
According to a 2013 British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study, dark chocolate is a source of happiness and can make you feel calm and improve your mood. Dark chocolate helps to produce endorphins or chemicals that are produced by the nervous system to relieve agony and stress. It also contains serotonin which works like an antidepressant.
FATTY FISH (SALMON)
Salmon. Photo: Pixabay/ Shutterbug75
Salmon is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. Omega 3 is known to control the production of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine which have calming and relaxing properties. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the production of similar neurotransmitters.
Yoghurt. Photo: Pixabay/ EliasSch
Fermented food, especially yoghurt, works wonders when it comes to fighting anxiety. Yoghurt has millions of probiotics that help to improve gut health. Your gut health is directly related to your brain. Probiotics protect the cells from damage that occurs if you stress a lot over things.
Green Tea. Photo: Pixabay/ JillWellington
Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine. Several studies have proved that this amino acid improves brain health and lowers anxiety. It also stimulates the production of dopamine and serotonin, thereby reducing anxiety.
Blueberries. Photo: Pixabay/ JillWellington
Berries, especially blueberries, are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants. If we are under stress, our body craves for Vitamin C in order to protect the cells. Antioxidants reduce the level of stress. Result? A sense of calm. Blueberries also work as an immunity booster. Therefore, we advise you to replace sweets with blueberries if you have anxiety.
Almonds. Photo: Pixabay/ Free-Photos
Research has shown that a decrease in magnesium in the human body can lead to a drop in the levels of serotonin, resulting in mood swings. Almonds are a great source of magnesium. One ounce, which is almost about 12 almonds, may contain up to 19 per cent of the daily recommended intake – 75mg. Almonds also contain Vitamin E. Avocados too, are a great source of magnesium.
Turmeric. Photo: Pixabay/ cgdsro
Loaded with medicinal benefits, turmeric has several antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Consumption of haldi can increase the blood antioxidant levels, resulting in low anxiety.
Eggs. Photo: Pixabay/ stevepb
Eggs yolks are a very good source of Vitamin D. Several studies state that Vitamin D is a great mood booster and its deficiency can lead to mood disorders. Vitamin D also helps to tackle depression. Eggs are also a great source of protein. It contains all the essential amino acids including tryptophan. Our body requires tryptophan for cell development and growth. Tryptophan also helps create serotonin.
Cherries. Photo: Pixabay/ candoyi
Cherries, again like a lot of other things mentioned in the list, are jam-packed with antioxidants such as Quercetin and can help manage anxiety and stress. Cherries are also a great source of Vitamin C.
Banana. Photo: Pixabay/ t_watanabe
Bananas are loaded with Potassium. As soon as you stress it out, potassium levels start dropping. Bananas, thus, help restore it. That is not all bananas also contain tryptophan, the amino acid that helps create serotonin. Consuming two bananas a day is highly recommended.
Do remember that a healthy gut leads to a healthy brain. So, watch what you eat. Apart from maintaining a healthy diet, exercise and meditation can also help release endorphins.
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