HEALTHY FOODS THAT LIFT YOUR MOOD

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Jacka recommends consuming fresh nuts on a daily basis. Nuts are healthy foods densely packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats — just keep track of calories, which can add up quickly.

Nuts

High-quality proteins are building blocks for a mood-boosting diet, Jacka says. She highlights grass-fed beef as an example of a healthy protein to include for balancing depression and diet

Grass-Fed Beef

Fish is one healthy food that can help fight depression, according to research published in January 2014 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Fish plays a role in many traditional regional diets,

Fish

Choosing whole grains and high-fiber foods over refined sugar and flour products is good for your body and brain health.

Whole Grains

The more fruit you eat, the lower your risk of depression, according to a review of research examining the correlation between fruit and vegetable consumption and depression.

Fruit

Eat a wide array of vegetables, with lots of leafy greens and high-fiber root vegetables," Jacka says. The same research analysis that linked higher fruit intake with reduced depression risk

Vegetables

The new and rapidly emerging field of research into gut health suggests that diet is essential in maintaining healthy intestinal microbiota,

Fermented Foods

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