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It’s been a bit dreary in the area as of late. If you’ve got the bad weather blues try some of these mood-boosting foods!

Fish- Fish is a great source of Omega 3s a fatty acid that may play a role in mood. According to Webmd. A stud in new Zealand linked fish consumption and self-reported mental health.

And Japan, a nation that has high rates of fish consumption, has the lowest rates of major depression in developed countries. Though it’s not clear how much of an impact the fish based diet has on mood for Japan it seems to be worth trying!

Eggs – Eggs are a good source of Choline, which helps neurotransmission and cell membrane function and in turn improve your mood

Dark chocolate– Though the sugar rush you’ll get from eating a piece of dark chocolate may only give you a temporary boost, the antixodents and flavinoids present in cocoa will help give you a longer mood boost.

Grains- According to Debbie Mandel author of Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7 step program… If you’re feeling down you should indulge in some complex carbohydrates to help generate serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is an important brain chemical that influences anxiety and mood.

Brazil Nuts- Netdoctor.com recommends these delicious nuts because of their high amount of selenium. Low selenium levels have been linked with poor mental states.

Bananas- Bananas have a lot of tryptophan, an important chemical for the production of neurotransmitters, which influence how you feel. Bananas also have a great assortment vitamins and minerals that will help your brain function at its best.

Water– according to a study by the University of Connecticut even a slight degree of dehydration can have a negative impact on your mood. So try adding a few extra glasses of water to your daily routine and see how it affects you!

Be sure to stop by your local Sparkle Market to stock up on these mood boosting foods!

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