Eating right boosts your brain and mood

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Well-prepared sushi (raw fish) can provide a mood boost.

Wow, just look at all those colors? I already feel healthy just staring at them. Did you know that your emotions, especially your mood, can completely change depending on what you’re eating and drinking? Here are some basic tips…

Let’s go nuts! Yes, nuts like cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts are amazingly rich in healthy minerals like protein and magnesium, which can change sugar into energy; in fact, not having enough magnesium is a surefire way to have lower energy levels. Brazil nuts are also awesome, because they have a mineral called “selenium” that is a natural mood booster.

Now, don’t go crazy stocking up on selenium, because in large amounts it can be bad. Also, beware of nuts with too much salt – sodium – on them, because too much sodium can cause health problems and make it hard for your body to have proper water levels.

Let’s get smart with our carbs! Carbohydrates – or carbs as most people call them – boost your energy and your mood. They’re the body’s number one source of fuel and have a feel-good chemical called “serotonin” inside them. Instead of sweets that give you a bad mood as soon as they wear off, pick whole grains like whole-wheat bread, cereals, and brown rice. These smart carbs will also keep your blood sugar and energy levels in check.

Alright, well nuts and bread are all well and good, but how about meat? First off, fish are amazing, especially fatty fish like salmon. They’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can protect you from sadness and also help your heart. Leafy and dark green veggies are also solid for omega-3 action. More solid fruits and veggies like apples and celery will keep you energized.

What about our non-aquatic and non-plant friends? Well, lean pork, beef, turkey, and skinless chicken are excellent for an amino acid called “tyrosine”, which can make your brain focused and alert!

These are just a few of the many wonderful and colorful good mood foods to keep in mind.