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5 Mood-Boosting Recipes to Get You Through the Winter

Cooking Light Logo Cooking Light | Slide 1 of 6: Can food truly help your mood? Absolutely. It turns out more than 90% of the feel-good hormone serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract. So fueling the nerve cells and “good” bacteria that line your gut doesn’t just play a role in your physical health but also your mental health.  New Year. New Food. Healthy eating starts here with the Cooking Light Diet. Plus, research suggests that people with so-called healthy diets are less likely to be depressed. In a review published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists found that people who ate a lot of fruits, veggies, fish, and whole grains significantly cut their odds of depression. And other research shows that people who eat a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing depression versus folks who eat a typical “Western” diet. So go on: Get ahead of the winter blues and load up on healthy food. What’s good for the body is good for the mind. RELATED: I Tried the Mediterranean Diet—In the Mediterranean—And It Completely Changed How I Look at Food

Can food truly help your mood? Absolutely. It turns out more than 90% of the feel-good hormone serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract. So fueling the nerve cells and “good” bacteria that line your gut doesn’t just play a role in your physical health but also your mental health.

Plus, research suggests that people with so-called healthy diets are less likely to be depressed. In a review published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists found that people who ate a lot of fruits, veggies, fish, and whole grains significantly cut their odds of depression.

And other research shows that people who eat a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing depression versus folks who eat a typical “Western” diet. So go on: Get ahead of the winter blues and load up on healthy food. What’s good for the body is good for the mind.

RELATED: I Tried the Mediterranean Diet—In the Mediterranean—And It Completely Changed How I Look at Food

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