An Italian study conducted this year found that 94% of surveyed psychiatric patients had a vitamin D deficiency, suggesting that a higher intake of vitamin D could prevent mental illnesses, such as depression. Another survey of 46,000 people conducted in the UK this year found that healthy diets had a positive effect on mental health.
But what food should you be eating to truly get those mood-boosting benefits?
1. Foods rich in Tryptophan
Tryptophan is an amino acid that can boost the happy hormones in your brain, more commonly known as serotonin. Add chicken, seeds, salmon and spinach to your diet.
2. Eat B vitamins
Foods such as dark leafy greens, eggs, milk, beef, legumes and even Vegemite are rich in B vitamins, which can influence your metabolism and energy, making you feel energised and positive.
3. Look for vitamin D
4. Stay hydrated
Letting your body become dehydrated can have a negative impact on your ability to concentrate, your energy levels and mood, making you cranky and thirsty.
5. Healthy fats
Healthy fats from sources such as avocado, olive oil, brazil nuts, cashews, almonds and oily fish can reduce inflammation and improve mood.
Wholegrains such as brown bread, rice and pasta are fibre-rich and promote the growth of good gut bacteria that can have a positive effect on mental health, as can fermented foods such as yoghurt and sauerkraut.
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