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An important part of being healthy is maintaining your energy level and your overall mood. Certain foods can have positive affect on how we genuinely feel about ourselves. Here are a few foods that will help our mood and help us enjoy life just a little bit better.

Chocolate

We all have heard the theory that Chocolate makes you happy, well I’m here to tell you that this is very true. According to a study done at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland, eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed. Don’t indulge too much though, make sure you are aware of your calorie intake.

Fish

Eating fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, rainbow trout, even mussels will give you omega-3s—a key mood-boosting nutrient and one our bodies don’t produce. Omega-3s are specifically linked with serotonin levels in your body. Low serotonin levels can cause stress and even depression.

Fruits & Vegetables

A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, reported that those who ate whole foods were less likely to feel depressed and sad. Those who ate lots of desserts, fried foods, processed meats were twice a likely to have depressive thoughts. Other studies have also shown that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids in fish are associated with lower risk of depression.

Via: Shine