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Whole Foods to boost your mood and make you happy

Food can be a comfort, a reward, a guilty pleasure, a bit of nostalgia. Antidepressants are as common today as pain relievers and nighttime sleep aids, but does this mean they’re the best option for our health? Of course not! We weren’t intended to need or rely on drugs 

Quinoa

Quinoa is a great natural anti-depressant. This mighty little seed is high in magnesium, iron, B vitamins, and all essential amino acids. Quinoa is a wonderful gluten-free replacement to couscous and also more nutritious.  Quinoa’s high mineral content directly plays a part in the release of serotonin, GABA, and even melatonin which helps you sleep easier. Its natural carbohydrates are also slow-releasing which is optimal for blood sugar and a longer lasting happy mood.  Quinoa comes in white, red and black.  for a burst of texture combine all 3.  Cook it in water, stock and even coconut milk.  Add it to soups, salads and stir fries.  Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Because it’s so high in nutrients, it also helps fight fatigue and anxiety. Hence, the hype is real — quinoa really is a superfood.

Chia Seeds

Healthy chia Seeds

 Chia seeds are packed with amino acids, iron, and contain B vitamins that are must-haves for a healthy brain. Because they’re a complete protein they also assist with optimal neurotransmitter function and the production of serotonin in the body. Finally, they’re a great source of omega-3’s and fiber.

Chia seed is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways.They change their texture after being soaked and become softer, silky and velvety. You can blend them with your smoothies, shakes or cold coffee. You can also sprinkle some over your breakfast cereal.

Dark chocolate

Healthy eating at HideAway Haven

Dark chocolate boosts mood because it raises endorphin levels.  Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. and no milk products.   Dark chocolate is rich in minerals such as magnesium and copper. These minerals aid in regulating normal blood pressure and subsequently maintaining proper heartbeat levels.  Eating a delicious piece of chocolate can possibly reduce stress levels; it works by stimulating the production of endorphins that may give rise to a happy feeling. The serotonin level in dark chocolate may act as an effective anti-depressant. It contains serotonin, which has nearly identical qualities of anti-depressants. In addition, the dark variety of chocolate contains stimulants such as theobromine and caffeine, which are major stimulants.

Keep this in mind: The recommended dose is 28 grams per day.

Sweet Potato

Healthy Food Alternatives for depression

Sweet potato is one of the best natural sources of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates promote the production of serotonin, our number one feel-good brain chemical. They contain L-tryptophan, an amino acid directly related to helping prevent depression and anxiety. They are easily available, a great alternative to standard potatoes for its richness in fibre and helping in keeping the blood sugar steady. It’s also super rich in Vitamin B6. Low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with symptoms of depression. weet potatoes are also high in magnesium and potassium which reduces cortisol and high blood pressure that increases with stress.

Flax Seeds

Antidepressant food

Flax is  one of the best sources of omega-3s, even higher in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) than chia.  Flax is also packed with fiber to reduce blood sugar levels and contributes to better blood pressure too. Sprinkle a little flax on your foods however you can; it has a great nutty taste, and it can be added to everything from veggies to healthy desserts!  Flax Seeds have omega-3, alpha linoleic acid, lignans, and fiber. It’s also conveniently accessible as oil, grounded, flour, or powder. We now have a dehydrator and are making our own flaxseed crackers.  I have read some warnings about the overuse of flaxseed in your diet. As with everything, please do your own research.

Source:  One Green Planet,  Natural Alternative Remedy,