In recent years, some studies have confirmed a link between our eating habits and our ability to feel happier and even optimistic. Experts have found that certain foods influence the production of chemicals in the brain that are directly involved in determining our mood and behavior. Here are some foods to boost your happy hormones that may already be silted up in your kitchen.
1. Whole grain bread
The molecules present in animal and plant proteins necessary for good health and to boost happy hormones. Amino acids compete with each other to send good messages to the brain. Whole grain bread helps you relax and boost your happy hormones. Once the tryptophan enters the brain, the levels of serotonin, the soothing and mood-uplifting brain chemical are stimulated by the antidepressant.
Chicken is low in fat and rich in protein. It is rich in an amino acid, which increases dopamine and norepinephrine levels, and in turn improves motivation and reaction time. Research has proven that eating chickens raises energy levels and helps the body cope with stress. A chicken breast sandwich or chicken noodle soup can produce the same results. The same goes for tuna and turkey.
Studies have also shown that increasing the intake of magnesium can treat insomnia and lead to less anxiety. Stress hormones, which flood the body during stress files, drain magnesium from cells, resulting in reduced resistance to disease and viruses and even a feeling of fatigue. If you are under a lot of stress, add foods rich in magnesium like bananas or other good sources of magnesium such as nuts and leafy greens.
4. Red meat
If you avoid red meat altogether it can do you more harm than good. People on a low cholesterol diet may have deficiencies in nutrients and especially iron which make them tired and sick. Iron keeps the cells of the body supplied with oxygen and therefore energized.
A small piece of red meat per day absorbed more than 50% iron than those on a vegetarian or vegan diet, suggesting that a little red meat can be good energy.
Drinking enough water each day can keep you from feeling lethargic and prevent you from several illnesses. When the body becomes dehydrated, blood flow to the organs decreases. Most adults should drink 2 liters of water per day. Carbonated drinks containing caffeine in large amounts cannot however be substituted. They can increase dehydration.
A lack of vitamin C also inhibits your body’s ability to absorb the iron it needs to fight disease and fatigue. A moderate consumption of vitamin C, can make you even more optimistic. Researchers found that those who regularly consumed more than 350 mg of vitamin C per day were half as tired as those who consumed less.
7. Brazil nuts
People who ate 100 micrograms of selenium every day for 1 month reported greater feelings of happiness, more energy, and reduced anxiety compared to participants given a placebo. Brazil nuts are loaded with selenium, a trace mineral that studies have linked to an upbeat mood. Good sources of selenium: seafood, nuts, and whole grain breads.
Many people eat chocolate when boredom or stress strikes them. There are several reasons for this. Some experts believe that chocolate can have a calming effect. Others suggest that cocoa and similar substances in chocolate may act as stimulants.
Studies link the amount of caffeine in a cup to clear thinking and more energy for up to 4 hours. Some other studies have shown that caffeine causes a slight temporary increase in blood pressure and blocks hormonal messengers. However, more than 3 cups a day can make you nervous.
10. Chilli Peppers
Chilli peppers can stimulate nerve endings in the mouth, causing a burning sensation. This is because the brain releases endorphins, natural pain relievers that can prove your happy hormones.