G is for Good Mood Food

This week has been mental health awareness week, so no better way to round it off is to talk about mood boosting foods to help ‘beat the blues’ and maybe a fitness tip thrown in for good measure!

Studies have shown that a diet low in omega 3’s increased the risk of depression. So include foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids in your diet, such as, oily fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds to name but a few.

Make sure that you keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. If we don’t eat enough during the day, sometimes we become irritable and angry (hangry!) ? To avoid this, eat foods that are slow releasing and maintain your blood sugar levels throughout the day or snack in between meals. So avoid high sugary and processed foods with added sugar which can cause a spike and a crash in your blood sugar levels.

Chicken and turkey contain the amino acid Tryptophan which is converted to Serotonin which is a neurotransmitter to help regulate our moods.

Try and include magnesium in your diet as it is natural relaxant and helps in the role of Serotonin which I mentioned about earlier. Foods rich in magnesium include, nuts, spinach and seeds for example.

A non related food tip is to exercise! Exercise releases ‘endrorphins’ which make us feel happy. So, with the lighter evenings and warmer weather, why not go for a walk , run or cycle to help release those ‘endorphins’. #nutrition #fitness #plymouth

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