Healthy Foods That Help You To Have A Positive State Of Mind
When it comes to having a positive state of mind so much of it depends on what we are “feeding” ourselves. It comes down to the media that we are ingesting and allowing to consume us.
It relates to the people that we are filling up our time with and being influenced by. It concerns any exercise or physical activity that may be on the daily menu. But the most important element, by far, is the food that we are feeding our bodies every single day.
What we eat has a profound effect on how we perform and function as human beings. How we perform and function then has a great effect on our mood and general well-being. The foods we eat play a massive role in how we feel and our general state of our mind.
Having a positive state of mind has so many benefits. It gives us the best opportunity to make good decisions, whether that concerns work, domestic life or the people in our world. It affects how productive we are and can actually make us churn out better work in less time. It affects the relationships in our lives from our children and partners right across to our colleagues and neighbours. There is so much to gain from having a positive state of mind.
Eating a healthy balanced diet and being as active as possible will both contribute to a better overall well being. There are certain foods that are linked to a more positive state of mind and feeling of health and wellness. These foods have a biological function in helping us to operate at a certain level and experience the world in a more positive way.
Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to what determines your mood. When you have good sleep behind you there is a sense of “get-up-and-go”. You feel more motivated, your thoughts are clearer and you are a lot more patient which benefits you in both work and home life. Without good quality sleep, the very opposite occurs.
Thoughts are hazy, mood is flat and motivation is at an all-time low. Believe it or not, there are certain foods that are linked to better sleep. Eating nuts as a healthy form of fat can actually enhance your experience of sleep.
Almonds and walnuts, in particular, contain melatonin which is a hormone that helps to regulate a good sleep/wake cycle. Teas such as chamomile or peppermint have also been linked to a deeper sense of relaxation and calm which promotes better sleep.
A lack of omega-3 fatty acids can be linked to being more susceptible to a low mood. Eating foods like salmon and mackerel that are rich in these fatty acids are said to increase brain functioning and improves your mood due to healthier and more flexible brain cells.
Lentils have been linked to relieving anxiety. They are said to increase serotonin which is the feel-good hormone in the brain. They also contribute to stabilising blood sugar levels which can help a person’s mood also.
In some cases depression or a low mood can be linked to a deficiency in Vitamin B. Eating foods like Spinach will help to increase the amount of Vitamin B you consume. You can add it to a stir fry, curry or simply enjoy in a salad.
You will be glad to know that chocolate also has a role to play. Eating a couple of squares of dark chocolate every single day could help your brain release endorphins and boost your serotonin levels. Chocolate really is medicine.
And finally – water. Water loss can really impair our physical and mental well-being. When we are dehydrated we cannot function properly as our brain cannot concentrate effectively. Experts recommend a minimum of 1-2 litres every day.
Tracey is a happy mammy to four-year-old Billy. She is a breastfeeder, gentle parent and has recently lost five stone so healthy family eating is her passion! You can find her at www.loveofliving.ie.