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Foods that boost mood and fight depression

New research increasingly highlights a direct link between diet and the mind. Mood disorders can actually change based on how and what we choose to eat; while  strong connection exists between what we eat and our success in personal and professional lives.

Following are four conditions and the recommended foods to help counter them:

  1. Anxiety and Stress: Dark Chocolate

The fat and sugar content in chocolate can actually increase both serotonin and endorphin levels. Cacao flavonoids and dietary polyphenols in cocoa can help boost mood by reducing stress hormones and sustain clear thinking. Dark chocolate with 75 percent cocoa is recommended.

  1. Concentration Problems: Coffee

Coffee is known to help increase mental clarity and focus. Choosing organic coffee and replacing the milk or cream with coconut oil will increase health benefits.

  1. Lack of Sleep or Overeating: Protein and Healthy Fats

Consuming healthy sources of protein such as eggs, chicken, fish or grass-fed beef, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, dark green vegetables and avocado helps improve sleep and prevents overeating . These Omega-3 protein sources influence serotonin; a chemical which works as a neurotransmitter responsible for maintaining mood balance. You can also naturally increase your serotonin levels with exercise.

  1. Fatigue, Depression or Worry: Hazelnuts or Tea

High in energy, rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and loaded with numerous health-benefiting nutrients, hazelnuts are a great source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Their high content of dietary fiber helps promote neurotransmitters.

Tea has always been associated with mood performance benefits, such as relaxation, alertness, reaction time and memory. Positive mood states lead to improved creative problem solving compared with neutral mood states. Herbal tea and black tea are recommended to maximize benefits.