Everything you put into your body has a positive or negative effect. Food is as necessary to your existence as air, providing the building blocks you need to build and renew cells, the fuel you need to keep moving and the nutrients you need to build your immunity and fight disease. What you eat also affects your mood and specific foods can leave you feeling energized and happier.

Conversely, eating the wrong foods can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Foods that can give you a bad mood include; alcohol, sugar, sodas, canned foods and foods made from refined flours.

Now before you start thinking, “I got this… chocolate”, or whatever it is that you love to eat, we must also point out that this might give you a nice short term boost, but if it goes against your goals long term, it’s just going to make you feel bad. We are not saying that eating chocolate is bad, in small amounts, and eaten as a rare treat, it is fine. Moderation is always the key.

Eating the right foods regularly will help to regulate your mood and ensure that you maintain high spirits for the majority of the time. Below are five great foods to boost your mood.

1Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids

Foods like salmon, mackerel, oysters, anchovies, flax seeds, and others are high in omega 3 fatty acids which have been shown to improve your mood and keep you feeling happier for longer. Scientists have discovered that people who live in nations that consume a lot of fatty fish are less prone to depression and this is largely due to the presence of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

Omega 3 fatty acids can help to ease the symptoms of depressions by working on serotonin and serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates levels of anxiety, happiness and other moods in the brain. Omega 3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory effects and have been shown to improve the symptoms of depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

Avoid consuming too much fish or taking too many omega 3 fatty acid supplements as this may suppress your immune system and increase your risk of bleeding. The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 3.5 oz (100 grams) of oily fish. Further, ensure that your fish comes from safe sources to avoid mercury and other heavy metal poisons. Oily fish that are low in mercury include; salmon, Atlantic mackerel, pilchards, and herring.