5 ways to…EAT HAPPY

5 ways to EAT HAPPY

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Feed your soul with a mood-boosting diet

Dial up your vitamin D

Boost your levels of good mood-promoting vitamin D by eating more salmon, mushrooms, eggs, and fortified foods. Oily fish helps promote brighter moods and better concentration. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and zinc and work to give you that burst of energy by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.

Boost B vitamins

A lack of B vitamins can be linked to low moods. You can get more B vitamins in your diet with leafy green vegetables, broccoli, sprouts, garden peas and asparagus. Eating these can help boost energy, fight fatigue, aid concentration and produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters.

Be good to your gut

Never underestimate the importance of the relationship between our gut and mental health. Eating more probiotics and fermented foods, such as sourdough bread, kimchi, sauerkraut, and natural yogurt, can all help promote a healthy and happy microbiome and have a positive effect on mood.

Get clever with carbs

Carb-rich foods can boost serotonin levels, also known as the happy hormone. However, choosing 'complex' carbohydrates, like sweet potatoes instead of the 'simple' white variety will offer more energy-boosting micronutrients. Choosing whole and complete carbs such as rye, oats, and barley, can help regulate serotonin levels.

Spice up your life

Healthy, wholesome, and comforting foods with lots of anti-inflammatory and mood boosting spices can make you feel good. Pick seasonal rooted veggies like squashes, parsnips, carrots, and celeriac and add star anise, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and cumin. Spices like antioxidant turmeric can naturally stimulate the release of serotonin, while ginger also improves energy, circulation, and metabolism.

• Tips from Lola Biggs, Registered Dietitian at natural health supplement brand Together Health

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