Mood Foods

We're often told you are what you eat; now food could also be affecting your mood.

Perth Dietician Julie Meek says we can eat ourselves into a good mood, or even a bad one.

For mother of 5, Francine Bell there's a clear reaction between what her kids eat, and their moods.

Francine discovered she could make her kids happier by feeding them differently, the result so positive she began her own business, Additive Free Kids

So what are the foods that make you happy?

First, simple everyday eggs, which can enhance concentration and productivity.

Oily fishes such as salmon are rich in omega 3 - proven to boost mood and brain function.

Next on the list is chia seeds, they may be tiny but they are filled with fibre, iron and magnesium.

Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which helps our brain produce serotonin and melatonin.

And a glass of milk before bed will give you a better nights rest.

Other foods rich in Tryptophan include red meat, chicken, fish and oats

But along with natural mood boosters, are those that have the opposite effect.

The afternoon sugar fix a bad mood trap for many

In Fancine's home, packed and processed foods are a no no, causing her kids to lose control of their emotions.

From the sugar highs to the carb crash, too much pasta, and white bread can leave you lethargic.

But, it's not all bad news, one food that will put you in a good mood - is chocolate, the darker the better - so long as it's in moderation.