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Foods to Boost Your Mood

Sure, we all have comfort foods... dishes and snacks that make us feel cozy inside. But too often we also feel guilty when we eat them. Check out these foods that will make you feel good naturally.

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Sure, we all have comfort foods... dishes and snacks that make us feel cozy inside. But too often we also feel guilty when we eat them. Check out these foods that will make you feel good naturally.
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Eating like a bird won't just keep you thin... if you eat sunflower seeds, you'll be giving your body a dose of tryptophan, which is a key serotonin booster.
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Tryptophan supplements won't do you much good, so make an effort to get these nutrients the natural way. According to Holistic Nutrition, asparagus is one of the top good mood foods.
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If you're skipping out on carbs to lose weight, you may want to think again. According to YourTotalHealth.com, carbohydrates release insulin into the blood stream, which cleans the blood of all amino acids except tryptophan. Once the tryptophan is in the brain, it's converted to serotonin, a pain reducer and appetite decreaser.
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Fruits which are also high in carbs help boost tryptophan and since they are naturally sweet, you just might curb those sugar cravings too. Some great ones to look out for are pineapples and bananas.
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Look to your proteins for important amino acids. YourTotalHealth.com says tyrosine increases the production of dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine, which are sure to increase your energy levels. Cheese is a great source of protein.
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Milk does a body and mind good. Just like the proteins in cheese, milk also contains proteins which will help keep you alert and boost your energy, YourTotalHealth.com says.
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Tofu is a great meat-free high-protein option to help your yourself a mental boost, according to YourTotalHealth.com.
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Here's a good excuse to pamper yourself. Lobster is another serotonin booster that's a natural mood enhancer.
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A limited amount of caffeine may be a morning pick-me-up, but YourTotalHealth.com says it can also be used as an effective antidepressant.
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Anemia is a common condition in women that causes physical and mental weariness. Try getting some pep in your step with peas.
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Don't let the cholesterol level in eggs scare you. Eggs have choline, one of the B vitamins, that helps improve memory and concentration, according to YourTotalHealth.com.
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Folic acid maintains a person's serotonin levels in the brain. To keep you happy, one glass of orange juice can do wonders to keep those levels up.
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Spinach is also high in folic acid. Keep your serotonin levels high with this leafy green that is packed with other healthy goodness.
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If you don't have enough selenium, you may feel more anxious and irritable, YourTotalHealth.com reports. By getting enough you can help normalize your mood, but don't go overboard... too much won't push the needle to happiness.
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Broccoli and other leafy greens are mineral rich and help keep you energized by keeping anemia at bay.
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Salmon, along with other seafoods, is rich in magnesium which can help fight gloomy moods and keep your mind focused.
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You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving for turkey's tryptophan benefits. Add a turkey sandwich in your lunch line-up for the serotonin benefits and without the holiday overindulgence.
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Cabbage, also known as bubble and squeak, is high in fiber and will keep you regular... who can relax all backed up?
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Fish, fish and fish are good for moods. Try sardines which have tons of omega-3 fatty acids and calcium among other vitamins that are natural anti-stressors.
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