Boost your mood (and skin), with right foods

by Swarna Kuruganti December 30, 2016

What you eat can cause toxic build up in the body. Toxins affect thoughts, moods and skin. To help start the new year just right, this is to share how to get a mood boost we all need now and then.

Some foods improve the body’s natural detoxing process, helping clear up brain fog and giving your mood a lift. But with everyday stress, a chaotic lifestyle, and lack of time to prepare food as you may like, you need foods that easy to make, can boost your mood and detox all at the same time. 

#1 Beets:

Those beautifully colored beets do more than just add a punch of color to your salads; they are actually thought to work as a natural anti-depressant. Yes, a natural way to reduce depression.

Beets contain betaine, which our brain uses for SAM-e, a natural antidepressant. Beets also contain uridine which research has shown to reduce the symptoms of depression!

Not only are beets excellent for boosting mood, they are also a great food to detox the body. Beets are known to be one of the most power liver detoxifiers, fighting off liver toxins and improving overall health.

Try adding some beets into your diet on a regular basis, your mood and liver will thank you for it.


#2 Dark Leafy Greens

Leafy green veggies are essential for achieving optimal health for many reasons, including mental health. These greens have B-vitamins and tryptophan, an essential amino acid, that work together to create serotonin. (Serotonin is a brain chemical that promotes wellbeing and happiness)!

Dark leafy greens are also excellent for detox, helping flush the body of built up waste while also neutralizing free radicals.

If you choose to saute your dark leafy greens, be sure to do so with a healthy fat such as coconut oil to help your body absorb all of the vitamins and minerals these veggies have to offer. Another great way to get leafy greens into your diet is by adding them to smoothies.

No matter how you choose to enjoy these vegetables, by including them in your diet you are doing your body and mind a world of good.


#3  Chili Peppers

Not many people realize that eating a hot chili pepper can boost mood. Research has shown that chili peppers can play a role in endorphin release.

The capsaicin in chili peppers is responsible for that super spicy flavor, but it also may be responsible for that rush of endorphins you would experience after ingesting hot chili peppers. This rush of endorphins can help boost overall mood and even lead to a euphoric effect!

Endorphins are released as a natural way of relieving pain, which is why your body releases endorphins when you chow down on something super spicy! Adding chili peppers to your diet may be another way to achieve that “runner’s high!”

Chili peppers can also help keep the metabolism revved up. When your metabolism is running as it should, your body is able to move food through the digestive tract faster and keep the toxins moving out of your body.


#4 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3’s have been a popular topic of conversation in the health and wellness field for some time now, and studies have concluded that omega-3’s may offer a natural way to prevent depression and boost mood. Omega-3’s may also improve mood in those who already suffer from depression.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland studied the impact of omega-3s and found that the group receiving omega-3 fatty acids had a much greater improvement in wellbeing.

Omega-3’s fatty acids are essential for liver function, including helping detox. Some great ways to get omega-3’s into your diet include enjoying wild caught salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, omega-3 rich eggs, and fish oil.

Go ahead and add these brain foods into your diet. It may be just the trick to give your mood the boost it needs for the start of a great new year!



Swarna Kuruganti
Swarna Kuruganti


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