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Knowing Which Foods Are Good For Your Mood

Dillon McClernon

Authored by Dillon McClernon

Did you know that certain foods actually have an effect on your positivity and happiness? Studies in dietary health suggest that some foods can help to ease anxiety, and therefore lead to better moods. Certain good mood food provides the answer to feelings of loneliness and sorrow, which is critical for individuals hoping to reboot their plans for self-care.

For people who are struggling with substance use disorder, it is common to also be battling a depressive disorder. According to research in clinical psychiatry, one in three adults who struggle with an addiction to alcohol or drugs also suffer from depression. This is why it is crucial to keep our moods positive and spirited by feeding our bodies the nutrients we need. Here are some foods that can boost your mood and allow you to be more optimistic throughout the day.

Fruits and Vegetables

We all know by now that eating fruits and vegetables, in any form, is good for our health. But for individuals facing depression or substance use disorder, fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of feeling sad. Eating beans, citrus, and dark green vegetables stimulates certain neurotransmitters that impact our mood in a positive way.

In the British Journal of Psychiatry, a study revealed that people who ate fried foods, processed meats, and refined grains on a regular basis felt more depressed than those who ate whole foods. This evidence showcases how whole foods allow the brain and our emotions to function constructively.


Though eating carbohydrates is sometimes associated with weight gain, this myth should be debunked. Eating the right amount of carbs in your diet can effectively boost your mood. People who do not get enough carbs may experience more symptoms of depression and anger.

But with the right balance of carbs, taking the form of whole grains, fruit, beans, and low-fat dairy items, the body will produce more serotonin, which is a feel-good chemical in the brain. The key is to eat carbs in moderation, as limiting yourself will actually have a negative impact on your mood. Adding carbs to your diet will likely make you feel more invigorated.

By eating the proper foods, like fruits, vegetables, and carbs, you can boost your mood on a daily basis.

Authored by

Dillon McClernon

Dillon McClernon

Dillon currently serves as the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at RCA. After his tenure as Chief Communications Officer and senior advisor to RCA, he opted for a full-time position at RCA where he could build a new team linking sales and marketing to directly impact RCA’s mission of saving 1 million lives.


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