In a maturing person’s life, especially with women, a feeling of anxiety and melancholy comes from out of the blue, usually unexpected. This is often labeled as mood swings or at worst, depression. It can be mild, moderate, to severe. There are many reasons for the mood swings or depression, and one of this is the lowering of estrogen in maturing women during the perimenopausal stage, which generally begins when a woman turns 40, but it can also start during the early 30s or even earlier. Do you know that there are foods that can actually improve how you feel? These are feel-good foods that should be made part of your daily diet to scare the “blues” away.
So what are these foods? Here they are. Vegetables in general contain magnesium which has been known to have a calming effect when taken. Spinach is the best, but other vegetables such as peas, broccoli, and artichokes contain a healthy dose of magnesium. Choose the right kinds of carbohydrates because they are very important as they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce serotonin, which helps in maintaining good mood. Good sources of carbohydrates include whole grains, vegetables, and fruit.
Avoid if you can white bread, pasta, and rice. Never skip breakfast as this will worsen your mood swings. The advise is even to eat like a king during breakfast. Eat lots of wholegrain, a healthy porridge such as oatmeal, or protein-rich eggs. Load up on foods rich with Omega 3 fats such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and other oily fish. Moreover, studies show that EPA, one of the two types of omega-3 fats, is one of the most effective natural anti-depressants because it helps to build brain cell connections.
It also increases the production of serotonin, the feel-good hormone. Vitamin B1 is utilized by the brain to help convert glucose into fuel which is badly needed by the body. Without this fuel, the body ends up always tired and when this happens, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia sets in. Deficiency of Vitamin B5 leads to chronic stress and depression. Vitamin B6 on the other hand is needed for the manufacture of serotonin and dopamine, both of which help regulate the mood. Now that you know, don’t let the mood swings stay long.
Load up on these foods and start feeling good!