Supplements that help
“Probiotics are essentially healthy bacteria with anti-inflammatory (or balancing) properties that affect the gut in a positive way. These anti-inflammatory properties also help decrease stress signals in the body and help increase serotonin levels, which leads to an overall, healthier and happier you. I’m such a probiotics advocate that I’ve been developing a special supplement which combines probiotics with other skin-loving ingredients,” insists Dr. Raj.
Good mood foods
Keri Glassman recommends eating oats as they, “contains tryptophan, which when consumed in carbs can help increase the production of serotonin.” She also loves dark chocolate that “triggers endorphins, which creates a positive feeling in the body,” and “spinach that is filled with antioxidants, which protect the body from harmful free radicals. It also contains folic acid, which has been shown to decrease depression.” But her number one is water, “staying hydrated helps maintain the body’s fluid balance making you less irritable. Important for all functions in body, especially the conversion of food into energy.”
Foods to avoid
“There are certainly foods which I would avoid,” says Dr. Raj. “At the top of my list is sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. High blood sugar levels have been linked with accentuating the symptoms of mood disorders. The sugar high and then the crash is something to avoid if you’re dealing with mental health or mood issues.”
“Depression and alcohol are very closely linked. Needless to say alcohol is a depressant, which can also exacerbates symptoms of depression and anxiety,” she recommends. As for caffeine, “while moderate caffeine intake isn’t bad, too much caffeine can trigger symptoms of anxiety and can have a disruptive effect on sleep. Healthy sleep habits are also important for mental health and increased caffeine intake can get in the way.”