Foods that affect your mood

Published On: Feb 17 2013 07:57:29 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 18 2013 06:20:00 AM EST

Whether you’re angry, happy, mad, or sad, the foods you eat can affect the way you feel. As we report, the right snack can change your whole day.

We are what we eat, and what we eat is a powerful thing.

What we eat triggers the release of neurotransmitters and hormones that affect how we feel. If you’re feeling anxious, eat Brazil nuts; they’re loaded with selenium. Studies show low levels lead to increased depression and anxiety. Just one ounce contains over 700 percent of your recommended daily intake. Tuna, mushrooms and garlic are also loaded with it.

If you’re stressed, don’t grab chips. Snack on vitamin C-rich bell peppers and citrus grouts. They lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Are you agitated? In a recent study, eight ounces of tart cherry juice may do the trick.

Ever wake up foggy, dazed, and confused? Snack on colorful fruits like pineapple, cranberries and plumbs. These fruits contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals known to damage neurons in the brain. Aim for several servings a day.


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