Whether it’s chemical or all in our heads, it’s pretty obvious that foods can remedy or ignite different mood. Taste and smell work together to make you feel something when you eat certain foods – it’s kind of magical, actually.
Remedy for anxiety
Anxious? No problem! Foods that are rich in Vitamin B6 will try to keep your anxiety (and even depression) at bay. Sunflower seeds, pistachios, sweet potatoes, rice and tuna are all rich in Vitamin B6 and are proven to calm nerves and anxiousness. Why not nibble at these foods the next time you have a speech, a test, or a date – and calm those nerves!
Remedy for sadness
If you’re feeling down in the dumps and need a delicious pick-me-up foods that are high in magnesium and omega-3. Foods such as salmon, red meat, spinach and mixed nuts (almonds, cashews and peanuts) can drastically improve sad moods. Each of these foods allow for the development of serotonin which is a chemical that reduces depression, heals wounds and spurs happiness.
Chocolate is obviously helpful too… like… really helpful…
Remedy for tiredness
Slow-burning starchy foods improve emotional and physical health and sustain a balanced, energetic lifestyle. Oats, rice, pasta and healthy cereals will give you an energy boost and conquer your tiredness.
Need to fall asleep? Dried cherries and goji berries are good sources of tryptophan which is needed to make melatonin in the body – the beloved sleep hormone.
Remedy for sickness
In my experience, chicken and chilli soups are great for flus and the common cold. They’re decongestants which means they’ll unblock your nose and clear your airways from anything nasty. Garlic and turmeric are also amazing immunity boosters that you can use in various meals.