The Scoop January 2016 - Page 9

7. Antioxidants

Many of the foods described in the previous slides fall under this category as well. Antioxidants have the power to eliminate damaging molecules from our bodies. These damaging molecules, called free radicals, often target the brain. While there’s no way to stop free radicals from reaching the brain, antioxidants are a great way to reduce the likeliness of them affecting it. Increase your antioxidant levels with foods like apricots, berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), tomatoes, broccoli, seeds, kiwis, oranges, peppers and more.

8. Whole Grains

Whole grains are made up of plenty of healthy nutrients. They are high in fiber, vitamins and amino acids and have been proven to help boost your mood and beat your depression. If you’re looking to increase your whole grain intake, consider adding brown rice, whole grain cereal, whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads to your diet.

9. Water

Drinking lots of water is a great way to alleviate depression and anxiety. It’s the most important element when it comes to boosting your mood. You see, when your body is dehydrated, your body suffers in several ways. In order to reap the benefits, you must drink actual water. Substituting water for other beverages like coffee, tea, juices or sodas won’t produce the same benefits.

By Trayvon Smith