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Sometimes something as simple as what you eat can improve your mood. With astonishingly less side effects than your leading mood-enhancing prescription, and definitely with less withdrawal effects, take a taste of these four foods to lighten your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and combat depression.

 

Coconut

Columbia University found that just the scent of coconut reduces blood pressure, and coconut in its oil form is also considered to work better than anti-anxiety drugs in certain cases. Taking one to two teaspoons of coconut oil has been discovered to have the following benefits:

 

-Improves digestion

-Improves metabolism

-Higher testosterone levels

-Enhanced thyroid function

-Overall virus and bacteria elimination

-Inhibits certain cancers

-Heighten immune system

-Improves cardiovascular health

 

This overall boost in general health also almost instantaneously serves as a boost to your mood- healthy body equals a healthy mood. Make sure to purchase virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed to avoid unhealthy fats and to receive more potency.

 

Fish

Fatty, oily fish such as rainbow trout, tuna, salmon, and mussels allow the mood to be boosted by its high omega-3 content. Omega-3s are not produced by the body and enhance the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body. Dopamine is a chemical related to exciting and happy experiences, and low serotonin levels are linked to suicidal tendencies, depression, and over aggression.

 

Fruits and Vegetables

Numerous prestigious studies have found undeniable evidence that increasing fruit and vegetable intake improves not just the mood, but a person’s overall psychological health. While it has been found that only one in four Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily, it has also been found that only 11 percent of Americans consider themselves to be in a generally positive mood most days out of the year. The CDC recommends that adults consume up to 2 cups of fruit and day and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, and studies have found that increase fruits and vegetable intake to at least 8 portions causes the same upward mood change as becoming employed. Fruit high in antioxidants such as strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, the wonderful acai fruit, and the mulberry work great for boosting the mood. Vegetables such as red and yellow peppers, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens have the highest competency in boosting your mood.

 

Chocolate

The news will make a lot of people happy, no pun intended: chocolate is a great source of certain nutrients and helps to increase happiness. Dark chocolate reduces stress hormones, such as cortisol, that run rampant in the body during highly stressful experiences due to its high antioxidant content. Just be sure to be mindful of the high calorie count involved in increased consumption; it is a well-known fact that weight gain is correlated to an instant bad mood.