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December 11, 2014

Some nutrients have a direct effect on our emotions helping us fighting seasonal distress and mood changes, which can appear during this time of the year. Adding to your diet foods that are reach in selenium, B vitamins and protein will help you to improve the way you feel and cheer you up from the seasonal downs.
Here some suggestions from Janet Wright from The Top 100 Health Tips:

A low-fat diet really can get you down! This creamy fruit provides healthy fats, which raise serotonin levels and keep you happy.
Scientists have found people are more relaxed after a higher-fat meal, and even feel less pain. Some fat is also necessary for the body to absorb nutrients that can improve your mood, such as vitamin E. No wonder people eat junk foods when they’re feeling low. Avocados are the healthier alternative: instead of saturated fat, they provide healthy monounsaturated fat. They are rich in tryptophan, along with vitamin B6 and folate, which helps the body turn tryptophan into the feel-good chemical serotonin.

Sea Vegetables
Sea vegetables, or seaweeds, best known for their use in Japanese cuisine, contain an unrivaled range of nutrients that promote emotional health and keep the brain alert. They contain a wide range of minerals: magnesium helps to relieve stress-related symptoms, such as heart palpitations; calcium helps to stabilize moods; and iron provides energy to the many people. The wide range of sea vegetables now available is rich in iodine, which supports thyroid function. A slightly underactive thyroid, which is fairly common, especially among women, often causes depression and lethargy before any other signs lead to diagnosis.

brazil nuts

Brazil Nuts
Can a few nuts really be the answer to depression, for some people?
This tasty snack contains a rare source of a mineral that can protect against depression and anxiety. In fact brazil nuts are the richest source of a mood-boosting mineral called selenium. People whose diets are deficient in this have been found to suffer depression, anxiety, and fatigue, and to feel better when they eat selenium-rich food. The harmless Brazil nut contains other mood-enhancing nutrients, too, such as magnesium, which soothes stress and anxiety. Just a couple of brazil nuts are enough to meet most people’s selenium levels.

Famed for putting a sparkle back in your sex life, these molluscs are also packed with omega-3. That’s partly because they’re so rich in zinc, along with practically all the other minerals we need for good health. Packed with nutrients, oysters act as a general health tonic, as well as enhancing sexual well-being. They are a very rich, low-fat source of omega-3 fatty acids, which make us feel happier and livelier by supporting the brain’s healthy functioning. They are also full of b vitamins, essential to mind and mood.

Many women become irritable, forgetful, or depressed before a period starts: the well-known symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (pms). A glass of milk can be the simplest answer, as it contains many nutrients that lift and stabilize mood. It is rich in calcium and vitamin d, which together have been found to reduce or even prevent pms symptoms. As with other animal foods, it’s best to buy organic because it contains up to 70 percent more omega-3 oils, which help the brain to function.

Janet Wright, The Top 100 Health Tips

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