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10 Nutrients That Make You Feel Good

I guess you're asking how can foods improve our moods, right?

The truth is, it all comes down to the brain. 

In fact, researchers have found a strong association between foods and the brain. 

Here's the top 10 foods which might help you feel good!

1. Calcium

Calcium is essential to keep our bones and blood vessels healthy. 

However, calcium deficiency has been found more relevant in women than men, so ladies, just make sure to keep your calcium intake on track!

Food sources of calcium:

  • Ricotta
  • Milk
  • Kale (frozen)
  • Collard greens

2. Chromium

Chromium is key to metabolize food, maintain the brain's levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and melatonin - which help the brain regulate emotion and mood.

Food sources of chromium:

  • Broccoli 
  • Grape juice 
  • Whole-wheat English muffin 
  • Potatoes (mashed) 
  • Turkey breast 

3. Folate

Folate is also known as B9 or folic acid. It is fundamental to regulate serotonin levels in the brain.

Serotonin is the key to pass information between nerve cells and helps the brain to manage a variety of functions, such as regulating mood and stress.

Food sources of folate:

  • Spinach
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Avocado

4. Iron

Iron is fundamental to transport oxygen and support energy levels and aid muscle strength. 

Low levels of iron may lead to depression and fatigue.

Food sources of iron:

  • Oatmeal
  • Soybeans
  • Lentils
  • Beef Ribeye
  • Turkey

5. Magnesium

Magnesium maintains and protect the body's health. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to irritability, fatigue, predisposition to stress, and mental confusion. 

It is essential to have magnesium in our diet to regulate mood and emotions. 

Food sources of magnesium:

  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Edamame

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