Boost Your Mood

I love this fall weather! The crisp air and fall activities seem to put a smile on my face. But I hope that your foods are giving you the energy you need to be outside and enjoy the weather. How do you boost your mood? There are intricate links between certain foods and our ability to feel more alert, calm – or even upbeat. Believe it or not, many foods that alter your spirit may be already on your kitchen. 

 * mung beans ,asparagus, sunflower seeds, salmon, pineapple, tofu, spinach, bananas, and nuts

 Mung beans are small green legumes. When sprouted, mung beans are usually just called bean sprouts. Like many other legumes, these beans can be eaten raw when sprouted, or else eaten cooked with the skin on or off. Unlike many other beans, these are quite easy on the digestive tract and do not usually cause a gassy reaction.

Remember, the body cannot produce tryptophan, an amino acid which is converted into serotonin. Low serotonin levels are associated with mood disorders, anxiety, cravings and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The foods above can help with energy. Other things to do during your day to increase serotonin levels include: have a positive affect, sleep, get light, exercise, take hot bath/shower, be with friends, massage, mediation/prayer, eat omega fatty acid rich foods (above), and work with your hands.

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