34 Foods That Are Better Than LSD – and More Potent!

August 19, 2013

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Good news! Scientists say that you may not have been born as the cranky, unhappy, tired person you have turned out to be. Your ill temper, depression, and fatigue may be the fault of your diet. Science is increasingly reporting that different foods affect our mood and energy levels.

So while it is likely that your daily diet has contributed to bad moods and depression, it is also true that a carefully constructed diet can make you feel happy, build your energy level, and increase your resistance to stress.

Good Mood Foods

If life seems to be an emotional roller coaster, try asparagus, chickpeas, and oatmeal. The depression-fighting folic acid in these foods might help you off that ride. There’s growing evidence that inadequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with depression – get happy with “fatty” fish such as salmon and sardines.

Other omega-3 sources include hemp seed, grass-fed beef, wild rice, walnuts, winter squashes, flax, and beans. When stress kills your happy mood, try vitamin C. It helps bring high stress hormones back to normal.

You know juicy oranges are good sources of vitamin C, but don’t forget strawberries, broccoli, and red peppers. Stress also depletes B6, which helps produce calming serotonin. Pump up your B6 with bananas, avocados, hummus, green beans, chili powder, raw garlic, and pistachios.

Bad Mood Foods

The very comfort foods we grab when we feel down may cause or exacerbate the blues. Diets packed with trans-fats and saturated fats have been linked to increased depression.

Sugars and refined carbs make us feel momentarily happy – until the nasty blood-sugar crash hits.

And it gets worse. New studies indicate that junk food negatively mess up connections between your brain cells so even your thinking is sluggish.

You probably know and love some the “bad mood” foods you really should avoid: bagels, cupcakes, nitrate-laden processed meats, French fries, and beverages with chemical sweeteners.

Eat fresh foods rather than additive-laden processed treats. Your mental health will improve along with your physical health.

Energizing Foods

Try to eat energy-boosting foods every day:

  • Peanuts deliver the anxiety-fighting mineral selenium.
  • Try spinach: It packs a high load of iron, plus it wards off fatigue and aids concentration with vitamin B6 and folate.
  • Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are full of fatigue fighters such as B vitamins, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and iron.
  • Green tea’s caffeine and antioxidants contribute to its ability to increase energy levels and as it turbo-powers the immune system.
  • Eggs are packed with protein plus energy-enhancing minerals like zinc, phosphorous, and chromium.

Eliminate the bad and include more good-for-you foods. Who knows? Before you know it, you might become the happiest, nicest person you know!


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