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Articles >> Health >> Stress Relief >> Forget about Pills. Eat Away A Bad Mood!

Continued from our Retreat & Renew Daily Tip.

By Laurel House QuickieChick

Instead of habit-forming prescription meds, food has similar abilities to fight off a funk, without causing havoc on your body or the planet. Try these foods to help with anxiety, depression and unhappiness.

Mood: Anxious

Mood Mending Food — 5 ounces of lean protein like sliced organic chicken breast.
How? Protein helps your brain produce dopamine, norepinephrine, and other neurochemicals that keep you calmly alert. When you are calm, you are less likely to experience anxiety.

Mood: Depressed

Mood Mending Food — Line-caught fish — raw or cooked.
How? Studies have shown that regularly consuming low-mercury fish can help minimize balance mood swings, reducing the likelihood of feeling depressed. Sugars, on the other hand, have the opposite effect, eliciting and increase in depression. Next time you are feeling particularly low, pass on the cookies and ice cream and indulge in a big serving of sashimi instead.

Mood: Unhappy

Mood Mending Food — Organic Dark Chocolate!
How? Popular belief turns out to be true! Chocolate boosts your mood. Anadamine, a naturally occurring chemical in chocolate, triggers your brain to creating the all around good feeling. Just be sure to stick with the purest chocolate bar you can find (that means it is dark chocolate and contains at least 75% cocoa) to avoid the mood dampening sugars.

 

Laurel House is a Fit Living Expert, 3x published author, and believer in living a life of balance. See more of her "Quickie Tips" on her website QuickieChick.com.

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