Five foods to boost your mood

When it comes to boosting your mood, food is often a source of comfort for us. But did you know that which foods you each can actually affect how you’re feeling? That’s right, so although you might feel that sweets or your favourite packet of crisps will help you feel better, there’s actual foods that can help deliver the nutrition you need to feel better from the inside out.

Here are five of these amazing foods and the reasons why adding them to your balanced diet is sure to boost your mood and make you happier.

1. Dark chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Okay, so maybe your favourite milk chocolate won’t suffice but dark chocolate does in fact have the feel-good promoting factor. It comes from the taste and a chemical called phenylethylamine. As if you needed another excuse to eat chocolate, so bite into a dark chocolate bar and you don’t even have to feel bad about it!

2. Brazil nuts

These are rich in selenium that research shows promote happiness! Just don’t consume the whole packet. Grab a handful of Brazil nuts and enjoy the taste and the feel-good benefits.

3. Peas

Rich in vitamin B1, peas may not scream happiness, but they will help calm your nerves. Fill up on mashed peas and do so knowing that they’re not only good for you, but they’ll make you feel better too.

4. Brown rice

Brown rice contains vitamins B1 and B3, and folic acid – it’s a vitamin haven! It’s also a low-glycemic food meaning it releases glucose into the bloodstream gradually, preventing sugar lows and mood swings. Swap brown rice for white rice and you’ll be set to go with all the health benefits of this awesome food.

5. Bananas

Bananas are not only packed with goodness but the B6 in them and carbohydrates help to boost your low mood too, and who doesn’t love a banana?

It is also important to remember that skipping meals and certain, bad foods will lower your mood. So even if you reach for that crisp packet now, you might not feel so good about it later.

Remember that health begins from the inside, so mind your diet and incorporate some of these happy foods into a healthy, balanced diet to reap the mood boosting benefits of these five wholesome and awesome foods.

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Healthy Foods for Healthy Joints

Although there is no cure for arthritis, along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, certain foods can help ease the inflammation that causes pain in the joints.

Aerobic exercise has also been found to help reduce the inflammation of joints and if it is too painful, swimming is a great alternative for keeping the body active and healthy

Here are just some of the foods that you should include in your diet:

 Salmon

Salmon has both calcium and vitamin D to help keep the bones strong. Additionally, salmon and other oily fish are loaded with omega-3’s, which helps curb inflammation in the joints.

Peppers

Red peppers are brimming with vitamin C, which helps your body make collagen – the part of your cartilage, tendons, and ligaments that cushions the joints and holds them together.

Cherries

Fresh cherries and tart cherry juice have been found to help curb inflammation. This is due to the plant chemicals that help cherries get their beautiful, bright crimson colour.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a staple in Indian food. It’s rich in a chemical called curcumin, which a study found to work as well as ibuprofen in easing knee aches and pains.

Try making a turmeric latte to gain the great benefits of curcumin without the overpowering taste of this healthy spice.

Oatmeal

Oats contain a concentrate source of fibre and nutrients. Along with being a great source of energy, whole grains have also been found to help reduce inflammation. So ditch the sugary cereals, and grab a bowl of organic oatmeal and dress it up with fresh berries for an anti-inflammatory bowl of goodness.

Walnuts

Walnuts are an indulgent nut and due to their high content of omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, they help counter inflammation. However, keep in mind that while they are good for you, they are also high in calories, so limit yourself to a small handful as a healthy snack during the day.