What foods may influence mood, and what can you and your child eat to incorporate these nutrients into your diet? There is not a ton of research on this but we found some information about the following:
- Omega 3 Fats:
- Oily fish (Salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, trout, and fresh, not out of the can, tuna)
- Flaxseeds and walnuts
- Vitamin B
- B6: poultry, seafood, bananas, and leafy green vegetables
- B12: animal foods (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and milk) and shellfish, such as clams, mussels, and crab
- And you can supplement vitamin B6 or B12!
- Dark leafy greens, beans and legumes, citrus fruits and juices
- Amino acids
- The chemical Serotonin is made in your body from an amino acid produced from Tryptophan
- Find Tryptophan in protein rich foods such as meat, eggs, fish, beans, seeds, and nuts
- Broccoli, oats, green beans, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, black pepper
- Selenium: One of the minerals that help antioxidant balance
- Cod, Brazil nuts, walnuts, poultry
- Balance your blood sugar!
- Avoid, as much as you can, refined sugar and processed or refined foods, eating instead whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and regular meals.
- Get some sun!
- Get your dose of Vitamin D from the sunlight.
“Bad Mood Foods” to avoid:
- Refined sugar and refined foods
Read more at: Food for the Brain: Depression
What do you think? Have you noticed that your diet can affect your mood? Share with us below!