We need it to function and keep us happy and healthy, but there is more to food than just keeping rumbling tummies at bay.


Did you know that food actually plays a pretty important role in ensuring positive mental health? In fact, what we eat affects the body’s hormones and neurotransmitters which in turn influence our energy and mood.


Make sure you add the following tasty items to your weekly diet and you'll feel a lot more positive in no time: 


1. Almonds and pumpkin seeds

Both of these are high in gamma aminobutyric acid and tryptophan which helps to settle you into a calm, sleep-enhancing state.



2.  Asparagus, peas, fish and beans

Loaded with vitamin B12 and folate they can help keep homocysteine levels - which can cause depression - low.


3. Nuts and eggs

These types of foods help to create serotonin which reduces anxiety and helps you feel calmer.



4. Onions and tomatoes

These foods contain chromium which is essential for insulin production and regulating blood sugar levels.



5.  Fish and avocado oils

Both of these contain omega-3 fatty acids which can help to protect against depression. Our brain is made up of 60% fat and this essential fat needs to be replaced through food to keep our mood positive.


Go on, stuff yourself silly with these foods!