This lowly root veggie can help keep your system in high gear, according to research. “What’s cool about beets is that they have nitric oxide, which is a compound that basically enhances your system’s ability to carry oxygen to all parts of the body,” says Mills. “If you’re not getting enough oxygen it will affect mental clarity and mental performance.” Studies related to athletes—such as this 2017 review in the journal Nutrients—have found beetroot juice to boost efficiency and cardiovascular performance. Next, find out more instant mood boosters you won’t want to live without.
A different kind of comfort food
Plenty of little things can give you a case of the blues, and some are simply beyond your control. What is within your control? Making some smart moves to improve your physical and mental state when the road gets bumpy. Even though you can’t open your kitchen cabinet door and have a good mood jump out at you, a few items on those shelves can gently help you feel more upbeat.