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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Fish

Fish, glorious fish… this is one food category where eating the oily, fatty items can actually benefit you. Look for seafood like mussels, sardines, salmon, and tuna, which are full of omega-3s – a nutrient that alters brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin to improve your mood. Not only is fish an excellent source of healthy fats and protein, now you can enjoy it knowing it may help stave off depression as well.

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