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One of the best ways to regulate your mood is to avoid sugary drinks and artificial sweeteners, and instead reach for water and unsweetened hot or chilled green tea to stay hydrated. In a British food and mood study, more than 70 per cent of participants reported upping their water intake improved their mood.

A Japanese study involving more than 40,000 people found that psychological stress levels were 20 per cent lower in those who drank at least five cups of green tea per day, compared to those who drank less than one cup daily.

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No, it is NOT okay to exercise on an empty stomach, unlike what many believe. Fitness expert Nisha Varma tells you the best foods to eat before a workout.

1 When it comes to gearing up for your workout, carbs are your gym’s BFF. The key is to have a mixed bag of complex and simple carbs so that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady throughout your routine. Always eat an hour prior to training.
2 If you are exercising early morning, your best bet is a banana or any whole fruit with wholewheat toast.
3 No time to eat an hour before? Grab something on-the-go. A smoothie is your best bet—healthy and timefriendly. Make one using your favourite sliced fruit and low-fat yoghurt
4 If exercising post work hours is your thing, grab a whole wheat sandwich filled with veggies, to load up on energy.
5 Stay hydrated through the course of a workout. Sip on lime water at regular intervals, and even after you have finished working out. Your best post workout hydration fix? Tender coconut water