Eat To Blast Your Baby Blues

Feeling glum since baby arrived? Many new moms experience the “baby blues” or depression after baby arrives. It turns out you might be able to eat your way to a better mood. Check out these blues-busting foods.

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Serotonin

A women’s serotonin levels may ebb and flow during pregnancy but also after. Think of serotonin as the happy hormone – increase it and your mood will improve. You can boost your serotonin levels with healthy protein like turkey, chicken, fish, nuts and beans combined with a small amount of good carbohydrates.

Good fats found in vegetable oils (olive, almond and flax) and avocado and nuts can also boost your serotonin levels.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, found in meat, poultry, dairy products and fish, is another mood-boosting nutrient.

Folic acid

Foods rich in folate such as beans and green vegetables are some of the best ways to get your fill of folic acid which can help keep depression at bay.

Fruits and veggies

Fresh produce is not just good for your health – it’s good for your mood. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that are related to making you feel good about your health.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish can improve mood swings and postpartum depression. Think herring, salmon, tuna and rainbow trout.

Vitamin D

Research shows that people can manage moodiness by increasing their vitamin D intake to about 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day. Vitamin D supplements, small amounts of sun exposure (wear sunscreen!) and foods like cheese and egg yolks are the best ways to get your fill of this mood booster. Many breads and cereals as well as juices and milk are also fortified with vitamin D.

Dark chocolate

Eating dark chocolate can improve your mood? Sign us up! The key here is moderation. Eating about an ounce of dark chocolate every day can improve your mood since it is loaded with serotonin and it stimulates the body’s production of endorphins – the chemicals in your brain that induce happy feelings! Yay!

More on baby blues

When the baby blues strike
Do you have postpartum depression?
Postpartum contract: Get the help you need to fight postpartum depression

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