If you wake up every morning feeling tired and in a bad mood, then it’s probably time to change your diet. Here are some of the foods that you can put in your basket to be happy!
It is the number one fruit choice for athletes, it should also have its own place on your table on days when you are feeling down. Banana is ultra-rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that the body converts into serotonin, which helps you elevate your mood.
This fruit is full of tyrosine, an amino acid that causes the secretion of dopamine and noradrenaline, two hormones considered to be mood and libido-regulating neurotransmitters. Avocados are considered to be a good source of vitamin B (beneficial for the nervous system), potassium, calcium, and magnesium compared to other foods.
Almonds also boost our mood, being rich in magnesium, a metal that calms the nervous system. Be careful, though, because they are also very high in calories! Nutritionists suggest that we should eat about ten almonds a day to get the essential nutrients without getting extra pounds.
Even a bite of dark chocolate will drive away tension and negative emotions after a difficult day. This is because it is rich in antioxidants and tryptophan, which metabolizes serotonin (a hormone associated with a good mood in the foods field).
Studies have repeatedly shown that regular consumption of oysters can prevent the risk of depression.
Parmesan is not only a delicious cheese to grate in our pasta but also a great mood booster. It contains tryptophan, a substance that is converted to serotonin when it reaches the brain and contributes positively to our mood.
Chicken also provides tryptophan that is converted to serotonin and amino acids with tonic properties.
Like all leafy vegetables, spinach contributes to a good mood with its richness in folic acid (or vitamin B9). Vitamin B9 plays an essential role in the secretion of serotonin, the hormone of well-being.
Mushrooms are very rich in vitamin D, which helps in the absorption of calcium, while they are considered to be a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid that plays an essential role in our good mood.
Like all fatty fish, sardines are rich in omega-3s that affect our emotional state and are good for our mood.
Yoghurt provides probiotics that release serotonin in the gut. And as it is well known, a balanced intestinal flora is both anti-inflammatory and anti-stress.
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