The foods that you eat have a certain effect on the mood and metabolism that your body goes into. The following are tips on what foods to eat in order to boost your energy levels.

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With only a few adjustments to your normal diet, you may increase your mood as well as your body’s metabolism, which will bring about plenty of health benefits to your body. Having good mood can help you to maintain a healthy diet, increase your self-confidence and helps you to be more productive. When the body breaks down food and transforms it into energy, and what determines the speed at which the calories break down is known as metabolism. Nicole Berkowitz, a nutritionist consultant at Toronto, Canada said that when the body metabolizes well with the food that we eat, the body is effectively fueled. Therefore, you will feel more energetic and performs well.

Below are 6 ways to optimize your diet in order to increase metabolism and mood.

1.)  Do not skip meals

Skipping meals may result in the drop of blood sugar levels leading to emotional swings of moody, cranky, and lethargic. What you can do is to eat small quantities of meal during the day to maintain sugar levels.

2.)  Drink glasses of water

Water keeps your body hydrated, and by being hydrated you are less prone to sluggishness as well as lethargy. Do not wait until your body asks for water. Make it a practice to drink water every now and then during the day. Drink at least 8 glasses or more of pure water a day to keep yourself hydrated.

3.)  Eat in moderation

Keep in mind the first rule to eating any kind of food and that is to eat in moderation. Refined carbs like sugar, salt, fried foods, caffeine, alcohol and the like must be eaten in small quantities since this can lower metabolic activity. Heidi McIndoo , a M.D., nutritionist consultant and R.D at Roslindale Massachusetts, mentioned that consuming large amounts of carbohydrates could in fact cause energy levels to rush and crash suddenly which in effect disrupt one’s body fluid balance ,increasing risks to high blood pressure.

4.)  Maintain a Balanced and Healthy Diet

It is also important that you maintain a balanced and healthy diet by making sure that the proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals are all included in the foods that you eat. To remind one of what foods are healthy, include whole grains, vegetables and fruits in your diet. The proportion of greens and whole grains should occupy majority of your meals. You should also reduce your intake of dairy, sugar, meat and other unhealthy food types. Besides taking note of the food groups, you should also consider your age, body size, physical activity and gender when you prepare a balanced meal. It may be best to ask your nutritionist on what foods are good and bad for you.

5.)  Boost your body with “good” food

There are also studies and researches that suggest that boosting your body with foods that improve your mood can also be healthy for you. Foods that are high in the amino acids tryptophan helps increase serotonin levels which improve mood, promoting calmness and optimism when consumed regularly. Bananas, dried apricots, avocados, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts belong to this category of brain ‘relaxing’ foods. Another is omega-3 polyunsaturated fats which also helps to elevate one’s mood and lower depression and anxiety. Mackerel and salmon, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are good sources of omega-3 healthy fat acids.

6.)  Make a food list

Monitoring the foods that you eat in a day is a good way to keep track of your health. List down the foods that you eat in a day. It is said that there are foods that can affect one’s mood and consuming more of healthy and “good” foods can definitely help make your day happier. You should record down what you have eaten in the past 2 weeks and then perform a regular review on the effects after eating them – your diet, mood, and any other observable changes.

Make it a habit to exercise every day to keep your body at work. When your metabolic activity increases it’ll help you to achieve a better mood and exercising also helps to release all the bad tensions in your body. Always think of ways to balance the excessive stress and tension in your lifestyle. Doing so will definitely help to enhance your body, health and performance.

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