If you’re currently feeling down, sad, depressive or just “blah”… guess what – you’re HUMAN… You have a heart. It’s normal to feel depressed or sad once in a while.
To cry because you’re feeling sad, empty, or lonely. However, if these deep feelings of sadness or hopelessness continue for extended periods of time…
Or have slowly become a part of your daily life and are preventing you from enjoying life, interacting with people, and feeling normal and happy, then we need to make some changes in your “biochemistry”.
By eating certain foods, we can optimize your “happy” hormones and neurotransmitters, to help minimize depressive feelings and quickly improve your mood.
REMEMBER – Life is meant to be LIVED, not simply “survived” from one day to the next.
So let’s get started with the 5 foods that are clinically proven to help minimize feelings of sadness and instantly improve your mood.
1- Green Tea
Green Tea is great because it contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, which is clinically proven to help reduce depressive feelings while helping create calmness at the same time.
L-theanine works by increasing the activity of neurotransmitters GABA and Dopamine1,2,3
Drink at least 3-4 cups daily or take L-Theanine pills.
It’s important to eat wild-caught Salmon at least 2-3x weekly because of the omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential to brain health.
People with mood changes have added or increased their omega 3’s and their symptoms immediately got better.4,5
There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA, and DHA. Of the three, EPA appears to be the best at fighting depressive feelings.6
In fact, one study even found EPA to be as effective against depressive feelings as the antidepressant drug, Prozac.7
If you don’t like fish, at least take 2-3 grams of omega fish oil pills daily.
Eat foods high in Magnesium, such as Spinach, pumpkin seeds, and almonds.
Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood, and low levels are linked to an increased risk of mood changes.8
One analysis of over 8,800 people found that those under the age of 65 years, with the lowest intake of magnesium, had a 32% greater risk of depressive feelings.9
I personally add in an extra 800 mg daily of Magnesium, right before bed because it also helps with relaxation and sleep.
Whole eggs are very important for overall health, and especially brain and mood health.
This is because egg yolks contain cholesterol, which is needed to create many of your sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen, etc.), which all affect your mood.
Don’t worry, cholesterol from eggs won’t raise your cholesterol levels.
However, having low cholesterol is linked to depressive feelings.10
Eggs also contain zinc, B12, and fat-soluble vitamins such as D and K. Being deficient in any of these is linked to higher levels of depressive feelings.11,12
Foods high in probiotics are very important for your mood.
Your gut bacteria is linked to many health ailments — heart and blood sugar problems and even more so — mood and happiness.13,14,15
Yogurt, Kefir, Sauerkraut, Tempeh, Kimchi, and similar foods are very high in healthy bacteria and pro and pre-biotics. Make sure you’re having some daily.
If not, at least take some probiotic pills daily.
There are many lifestyle changes you can make, that can and will make dramatic improvements in your mood.
Hormones control how we look and feel.
“Motion creates emotion”.
The words you use and the people you associate with and many more actions that you have total control over can help decrease and eliminate depressive and similar negative feelings.
One thing is for sure, most people definitely don’t need drugs to fight feelings of sadness. There are natural and proven solutions that work better and are safer than drugs!