Chocolate: Loaded with antioxidants, dark chocolate can help improve symptoms of anxiety and depression while making you feel calmer. To get the most out of your chocolate, look for chocolate that has at least 60% cacao in it.
Salmon: Certain types of fish including salmon, sardines, tuna, halibut and mackerel are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids which can help with depression and anxiety. Omegas offer anti-inflammatory properties and effects the dopamine and serotonin production in the brain. Experts recommend eating fish 2 times per week for the most benefits. If you do not eat fish you can find omega 3’s in chia seeds and flax seeds.
Avocados: Full of magnesium and B6 they help the production of serotonin in the brain.
Leafy Greens: Spinach, Chard, Collard Greens, Kale are loaded with magnesium which positively effecting serotonin levels, thus boosting your mood. Magnesium is known to help reduce anxiety and fight off depression.
Yogurt/Probiotics: Probiotics are fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt which help to keep your gut working properly. There have been recent studies linking gut health to mood enhancement, less stress and anxiety and lower risk of depression.
Blueberries: Have very high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C. They offer brain boosting,
improved memory and mood regulation while protecting the brain from aging.