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Improve Your Mood Foods

January 26th, 2016 by Liz

Chew On This: Improve Your Mood Foods!

Improve Your Mood Foods

Improve Your Mood Foods

If you're feeling blue in this grey winter weather, there are some foods to consider adding to your diet that might help ward off these feelings. Studies suggest that the following foods may help reduce stress, ease anxiety and fight depression.
1) CHOCOLATE
This may not be news to you, but it is good to know that there's some science behind the theory that chocolate makes us happy. Eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed, one study done at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland recently found.
2) COCONUT
When you're stressed, the scent of coconut may blunt your natural 'fight or flight' response, slowing your heart rate. People who breathed in coconut fragrance in a small pilot study at Columbia University saw their blood pressure recover more quickly after a challenging task. The researchers speculate that inhaling a pleasant scent enhances alertness while soothing our response to stress.
3) TEA
Fuzzy brain?  Drinking caffeinated black, green or oolong tea may elicit a more alert state of mind, says a study in The Journal of Nutrition. Researchers think theanine an amino acid present in these teas may work with caffeine to improve attention and focus.  To reap the benefits, the study's results suggest drinking 5 to 6 (8-ounce) cups of tea daily...so the more the merrier!
There are many more foods that contribute to your moods, however, start slow and mindfully.  Start by adding just one or two of these and other mood boosting foods to your daily diet. Pay attention to how you feel, and then add more variety from there.
Make Each Day Count,
Suze Normington
Group Class Manager
Thin Lizzy Athletics

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