There’s a saying ‘You are what you eat” and it’s true. Over the years, many health experts have raved about the mood-boosting effects of certain foods. We’ve pulled together some of the healthiest options so you can incorporate these easily into your daily routine.
Probiotics are great for gut health and in turn will have a positive impact on your mood. Look for foods that have been fermented or with added probiotics such as yoghurt, kimchi and miso.
In addition to Probiotics, Prebiotics help fuel the great bacteria from probiotics. Foods such as fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes actually contain certain fibres that can stay in the gut to ferment and allow other good bacteria to flourish.
While low serotonin levels have been linked to depression, you can boost your serotonin by eating foods rich in tryptophan like meat, eggs and lentils.
Not only do low iron levels effect energy, they also impact your mood and concentration. Keep on top of your iron needs with a diet rich in leafy greens such as spinach, beans, lentils and meat.
Polyphenols are compounds found in foods with high antioxidant levels and are a great option to boost overall health & wellbeing. The deeper the colour the better - think blueberries, rocket, cocoa and spices.
Here are some our favourite meals that include some of these great mood-boosting ingredients.