Feed your... mood

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Turns out that hangry is a real thing. It was long be­lieved that food didn’t im­pact your mood be­cause nu­tri­ents couldn’t pass through the blood-brain bar­rier, but now it is un­der­stood that get­ting enough to­tal calo­ries dur­ing the day is what best cre­ates a pos­i­tive mood. Your brain runs ex­clu­sively on glu­cose, and if you’re short on calo­ries, your brain ex­presses its dis­taste by mak­ing you grumpy, ir­ri­ta­ble and even de­pressed.

Di­ver­sify your calo­rie in­take by eat­ing a va­ri­ety of healthy foods to en­sure you’re get­ting all the nu­tri­ents needed, and es­pe­cially pri­or­i­tize dark leafy greens and whole grains, such as oat­meal or quinoa, to en­sure you max­i­mize your in­take of B vi­ta­mins and mag­ne­sium. New dis­cov­er­ies also show that the health of your gut can im­pact mood. To boost your body’s feel-good re­sponse, opt for foods that con­tain omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, grass-fed beef, nuts and seeds.

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