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😵 3 Best Foods To Increase Your Happiness & Reduce Anxiety & Depression
Most people don’t know, but what you eat can play a huge role in your mood, your happiness and how you feel.
And this is because foods interact and control your hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemicals in your body that can cause you to feel more happiness and joy … or stress, anxiety and depression.
So today I’m going to quickly discuss the 3 best types of foods that will help make you happier, improve your mood - while reducing feelings of stress, worry, anxiety and depression.
What important to note is that you want to “combine” these types of foods together and eat them daily because you’ll get a “synergistic” effect, which will make big improvements, quickly.
Foods That Reduce Cortisol
Cortisol is your body’s primary “stress” hormones. When this goes up, a lot of your positive hormones go down. You get irritated quickly, you have blood sugar highs and lows, and it causes sleep problems and insomnia.
Foods that lower cortisol citrus foods that contains high amounts of Vitamin C… such as Papayas, oranges, Kiwi, pineapples and strawberries. Also vegetables such as Kale, Brussels Sprouts, Red bell peppers and Broccoli are also high in Vit. C.
Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids are good at reducing cortisol. Salmon, hemp oil, flax seeds walnuts are highest in Omega-3 fatty acids
Foods That Increase Dopamine
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in your brain and its associated with the “pleasure system”. The higher your dopamine levels and the better your dopamine receptor sensitivity is, the happier you are… You’re more driven and excited about life. You feel more enjoyment in daily activities.
Unfortunately as you age, dopamine levels decrease, as does your “sensitivity” to it. This can lead to memory loss, depression, dementia and Parkinson’s Disease
One thing you want to do to increase dopamine, is eat foods high in the amino acid - L-Tyrosine, which is needed to produce dopamine. Foods highest in L-Tyrosine are:
Additionally, eating foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically the DHA -- helps increase dopamine. As mentioned earlier, fatty fish such as Salmon and also walnuts are the best.
Foods That Increase Serotonin Levels
Serotonin is sometimes called the “happy hormone”, even though it’s not a hormone. It’s a chemical that helps improve your mood and sleep. It also reduces hunger and sugar cravings. Higher serotonin is also linked to living longer.
One of the main types of foods that increases serotonin are our favorite type of foods, which is carbohydrates. Of course, not all carbs are good for you and the insulin/sugar spikes will actually cause mood fluctuations.
You want “clean” carbohydrates such as white rice, yams/sweet potatoes and fruit. You can also have small amounts of oatmeal and whole grains.
Whole eggs, nuts and seeds are also good. Eat Turkey is good because it contains higher amounts of L-Tryptophan, which helps boost serotonin.
And once again, Omega 3 fatty acids also help improve serotonin. So make sure you eat some fatty fish such as salmon and sardines, as well as walnuts.
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