Alvin Yeo

Alvin Yeo

Mental Health Week – Foods to boost your mood!

You are what you eat—LITERALLY! Everyone knows how food affects your physical health, but did you know food can also play a huge role in your mental health? Read on to find out which foods can make you feel better and the key chemicals that make it possible!

Foods rich in protein, low glycaemic index, high fibre and healthy fats can actually make you happier (and not just in your tummy). And while fast food and processed food will make you feel immediate satisfaction, the effects of these food can start from weight gain and contribute to depression.

Get happy!

Foods rich in protein, low glycaemic index, high fibre and healthy fats can actually make you happier (and not just in your tummy). And while fast food and processed food will make you feel immediate satisfaction, the effects of these food can start from weight gain and contribute to depression.

Avoid mood swings

Low Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrates keep blood sugar levels stable and thus help to avoid mood swings. Example of GI foods include oats, legumes such as beans, peas and lentils, vegetables such as sweet potatoes, multigrain bread, dairy products and fruits such as apple, pear, orange and cherries. Small and frequent meals also help to keep blood sugar levels stable.

There’s such a thing as good fat!

Good fats protect the heart and support overall health and are good for the memory. If you do not include omega 3 fatty acids in our diet, you risk of having deficiency and some of its symptoms are fatigue, poor memory, mood swings and depression. Foods such as salmon, tuna, halibut, other seafood such as algae and krill, some plants, nuts and seeds such as laxseed oils are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

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