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How to achieve and maintain good moods, part 2 of 2

Yummy!  And so good for you too...
Yummy! And so good for you too...
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Our temperament affects our mental and physical health, including performance, acuity, and social well-being. Usually, persistent negative thoughts signal several types and levels of depression. This affects the elderly more than any other age group. How can we achieve and maintain good moods?

The CDC says others who typically have a propensity for depression are people between the ages of 45 and 64, women, and those with less than a high school education. Additionally, the ones who’re most vulnerable are those who are divorced or widowed, and unemployed. It includes all races and creeds.

Research shows a healthy diet does wonderful things for your mind and body. The trick is to include selections in each meal from as many of the seven different food groups as possible. It’s also better to keep snacks at a minimum; and use fresh fruits and vegetables instead of typical “noshes.”

The best results come from eating a balance of these groups: lean protein, low fats, whole grains, plus fresh fruits and vegetables. Certain ones of these have the ability to elevate your mood. Moreover, a small amount of “good fat” is essential for all healthy diets..

Bananas are a great source of potassium which, among other good things, improves brain function. Moreover, they’re high in Vitamin B6, a supplement known to increase brain levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. They also provide tryptophan, another mood-boosting element.

Broccoli has extraordinary levels of vitamin B9 (folic acid), which does a variety of beneficial things. Some include cell growth, healthy red blood cell production, and mood regulation. Similarly, spinach, kale, (and other leafy vegetables), have large amounts of B9. However, they also contain magnesium, which inherently fights anxiety.

Regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams are complex carbohydrates. Deeply colored berries and vegetables are too. They facilitate the supply of blood glucose, resulting in higher body energy and elevated brain activity. They fight depression and decrease irritability. They also boost serotonin levels in the brain, which have a calming effect on the body.

Fats and oils are not a food group. However, they provide advantageous nutrients to the body, like Vitamin E. Olives are an excellent source of “healthy fat,” which lowers anger levels and anxiety. Olive oil supplies a bonus. Cold or cooked at less than 170 degrees, it has the same benefits.

Your moods largely affect your quality of life. Now, you can basically control that.

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