The Best Foods to Eat (and Avoid) to Improve Your Mood

Find out what to eat to feel your best.

The Best Foods to Eat (and Avoid) to Improve Your Mood

By Reina Berger

Feeling lethargic and cranky lately? Your diet may be to blame. What you consume can impact how you feel in a number of different ways. Let's explore which foods to eat and which to avoid to bring on the joy and banish the blues.


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Alcohol

While a glass of wine here or there can actually benefit you mentally and physically, consuming too many beverages can cause depression over time. Alcohol, which is indeed a depressant, is aptly named. In the short run, hangovers are physically, mentally, and emotionally draining, and in the long run, alcohol abuse can lead to weight gain, liver disease, heart problems, and a lot of other issues on the inside and out.

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From Cerebral Palsy to Olympian: How This Athlete Beat the Odds

Nick Mayhugh, a world-class athlete in USANA's "Winner's Circle," is showing you how he fuels his body and ambition.


Nick Mayhugh grew up playing soccer like most American kids do. But unlike most kids, he had the elite skills to match his deep passion. He perfected his play, practiced into the nights and dedicated his young life to the sport. For him, that meant secretly compensating for physical effects he was told were normal growing pains but that he knew weren't, like numbness on the left side of his body. So he pushed harder than the others, learning to play with just his right limbs and teaching himself to walk without a limp.

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