How to Eat Yourself Happy
Posted on January 26, 2014 at 10:11:30 pm
PICK PROTEIN: Amino acids (the building blocks of protein) are key to lifting spirits as they boost the production of seratonin, a hormone that controls mood and appetite.
This can't be manufactured by the body so you have to get it from your diet. All meat and fish is high in protein, but unusual sources include lentils, Brussels sprouts and peanuts.
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FEAST ON FISH: Eating oily fish will make you less prone to depression. Omega-3 oils found in cod, salmon and herring have been shown to relieve low moods and regulate cell function by improving brain cell connections.
The more omega-3 in your blood, the more seratonin you will make and the happier you will be.
Try mackerel: studies have found it has a significant antidepressant affect, boosting energy levels and restoring feelings of calm and balance.
TOP UP ON B VITAMINS: B vitamins are needed to keep the nervous system healthy and control the production and balance of 'happy hormones' in the brain. Eating plenty of bananas, avocados, chicken, wholegrains and leafy green vegetables will help to replenish your stores.