you’re having a bad day. You’re feeling cranky and lonely. You feel people around you are hostile and repugnant. What a Tough day What to do? For many people, eating food (such as junk food) can make their health worse; which only worsens their mood.

The body produces its own uplifting chemicals, known as endorphins, by breaking down food, and it is therefore possible to raise the levels of these substances in the brain by eating foods containing a combination of nutrients which release endorphins. Low endorphin levels can be caused by certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Certainly, a lack of B vitamins (particularly B12) and vitamin C, or of minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc, can cause you to feel low.

So it is important to include the so-called happy foods in your diet to stave off low mood swings. But what if there was food that was healthy, and could also act as a natural anti-depressant? There are foods that meet the health conscious people criteria ! Here are the 15 best foods, that will make you happy, and keep you healthy, on a ratio of 5, 5 being the maximal benchmark.



15| French Bread

A good source of energy, containing vitamin B complex, and traditionally eaten warm, which is even more comforting. Wholemeal baguettes in particular provide a good source of fibre, vitamin B complex and calcium. French bread tends to be high in sodium (salt).


Happiness rating: 3/5
Health rating: 2/5



14| Honey

In regards to health, honey is far better than regular sugar. Honey contains kaempferol and quercetin, which helps to prevent depression (and keep your brain healthy) by reducing inflammation in the brain. It also won’t send your body into “fat-storage” mode, like regular sugar can, by having less of an impact on blood-sugar levels.


Happiness rating: 3/5
Health rating: 3/5



13| Nuts

Rich in B vitamins, proteins and selenium, a mineral which has been shown to have positive mood-influencing properties. Brazil nuts are the richest source of selenium. Nuts are high in fat, so high in calories. However, the fat is unsaturated and therefore does not contain cholesterol, so nuts are a good source of fat for our diet. A useful form of protein for vegetarians.


Happiness rating: 3/5
Health rating: 1/5



12| Ground Flax Seeds

A good source of protein, antioxidant vitamin E and calcium. Again they are a great source of protein for vegetarians. Nutritional value: High source of fat but, as with nuts, this is largely unsaturated and therefore good for us as long as it is eaten in moderate amounts.


Happiness rating: 3/5
Health rating: 3/5



11| Mussels

Mussels have moderate to high amounts of Vitamin B12, Selenium, Iodine, protein, and Zinc, while being low in calories and fat. The Iodine supports the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate mood and weight; the Selenium and Zinc help the thyroid gland, as well. The Vitamin B12 helps to strengthen and insulate a person’s brain cells, which keeps the brain sharp over time.


Happiness rating: 2/5
Health rating: 4/5





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