These foods can help you deal with mood swings
Sometimes, mood swings can occur due to lack of proper nutrition. Spinach and fermented foods are considered anti-depressants.
Spinach contains iron, magnesium and phenylethylamine, which reduce mood swings. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
By Daphne Clarance: Rapid changes in mood and sudden swings in the emotional state could have several underlying reasons. Many women undergo mood swings during PMS (premenstrual syndrome) due to hormonal imbalance. However, not all mood swings can be triggered by stress, mental health conditions and nutrition.
Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal shared a post on Instagram talking about mood swings and how hormonal imbalance isn’t the only reason for mood swings. “Mood swings – it may not just be PMS. Not always does it have to be related to hormones, but could be because of nutrition as well,” said Nmami Agarwal in a video.
She added that if a person doesn’t eat properly, then some activities like meeting your best friends, outings like shopping might not help with your mood swings.
“You need foods that boost happy hormones,” she said, listing four kinds of foods that help with mood swings.
Spinach: Spinach contains iron, magnesium and phenylethylamine, which has been shown to increase the synaptic levels of dopamine – a neurotransmitter in the brain that affects human behaviour like mood and stress. This green leafy vegetable acts as an anti-depressant.
Fermented foods: Foods like yoghurt and kimchi are great probiotic options for the gut as they elevate the mood.
Protein: Protein contains amino acids that are neurotransmitters known to improve mood.
Antioxidants: Boost your mood with antioxidant-rich fruits. You can add mulberries, blueberries and strawberries to your diet to fix your mood.
Talking to indiatoday.in earlier, Daljit Kaur, Head of Dietetics, Fortis Escorts, Okhla Road, New Delhi said that omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods are also great mood-lifters. “Fish, nuts, whole grain fruits, berry, pineapple, banana are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids,” she said.