Happy Foods: How Your Diet Can Affect Your Mood

Vegetables Make you Happy!

We all know that there are foods out there that tend to make you sleepy, such as turkey (which contains tryptophan) and bananas (which contain melatonin).  Then you have caffeine and sugar, which cause your energy levels to skyrocket before they plummet to levels even lower than before.  We are now beginning to see some discussion of the effects of food on your mood.

A recent British study found a link between irritability and depression and a diet that is high in fatty or fried foods.  The study also found that a diet made up of more nutritional elements, such as whole grains and vegetables can leave people with a greater sense of well-being.

A diet that includes foods rich in Vitamin B, Amino acids, and Omega-3 fatty acids can sharpen your senses, improve your mood, and stimulate the production of brain chemicals that help fight depression naturally.

Some foods you might want to consider trying in order to boost your mood:

Berries- Blueberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and guard against the loss of precious brain cells

Fish- Salmon, shrimp, trout, and other fish high in Omega-3 renew and repair brain cells

Soy- Edamame (baby soybeans) stabilize sugar levels, are high in protein, and low in fat.  They’re also gaining popularity around the world as an appetizer for sushi or just an afternoon snack

Beans- Black beans and peas have large amounts of Thiamine and Vitamin B, which improve memory and stabilize cognitive function

Vegetables- Corn, carrots, peppers, cucumbers and other vegetables are important sources of many vital nutrients, including Vitamins C, A, and E, potassium, fiber, and folic acid.  They help maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Kyocera Advanced Ceramics understands the benefits of eating nutritious foods while also focusing on the importance of healthy food preparation.  Kyocera cutlery is made up of highly dense materials that repel bacteria and dirt, which make them more hygienic to use than traditional stainless steel.  A Kyocera ceramic knifeonly needs to be rinsed with water before moving from ingredient to ingredient, keeping flavors and aromas in food instead of clinging to their blades.

By eating well-balanced meals with plenty of the foods that positively affect your brain chemistry, you can keep your mood elevated, avoid depression, and actually feel happier!

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