“Having a bad day? Bite on some chocolate, and stop worrying!”
“Its an occasion then! Lets eat out!”
Haven’t we all heard these statements too often? Isn’t it a proof of the fact that food does play an important role in governing your mood? And what if we told you, some food items can help you fight stress and depression?
Yes! Food is not just something you consume to continue living. Food can help you divert your mind from a stressful event, and can even help you medically fight depression.
We are here with a list of items that can help you punch back the sulkiness you have been having! (Source)
- Asparagus (or Shatawar) : Asparagus are these slender stalks that are known for their high folate content. Folate is essentially Vitamin B9 or also found in the form on Folic Acid. Disclaimer : These stalks are known to make your urine smell funny!!
- Avocados (or Makhan Phal) : These creamy fruits stress-proof your body. Rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage, avocados also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. A single serving (about one-quarter of an avocado) has plenty of B vitamins, too. Remember, this may technically be a fruit, but I count it as a fat, so use portion control. Thin sliced on sandwiches, it adds a whole new layer of flavour.
- Berries: Berries in all forms have proven to be very helpful in cheering up mood. It is Vitamin C that helps in combating stress. German researchers tested this by asking 120 people to give a speech, then do hard math problems. Those who had been given vitamin C had lower blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol after the stressfest. All berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C.
- Cashews: Yes! These salty little addicting devils are addicting for a reason! Low levels of zinc have been linked to both anxiety and depression. Since our bodies have no way of storing zinc, it’s important to get some every day. And guess what? These common favourite nuts are full of it, and literally!
- Chocolate: Time for everybody’s favourite most! Besides the healthy antioxidants in this treat, which push chocolate to the top of most heart-healthy food lists, it has an undeniable link to mood. A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine reports that both women and men eat more chocolate as depressive symptoms increase. Of course, we’ve all been there, polishing off an entire package of chocolate after a bad day. But there’s evidence that, in moderation, chocolate does actually make you feel better.Dark chocolate, in particular, is known to lower blood pressure, adding to a feeling of calm. It contains more polyphenols and flavonols—two important types of antioxidants—than some fruit juices. You can safely allow yourself dark chocolate as a snack once a week, or as a conscious indulgence, and still stay on track with your weight loss results.