Eating healthy and delicious foods always makes me feel better because I am enjoying what I am eating, plus I know I am fueling my body with much needed nutrients! But did you know that there are some foods that are not only good for you, they actually interact with your body to stimulate hormone production and leave you feeling happier, literally!?
Almonds - Almonds are a great source of magnesium, which plays an important role in the production of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has instant mood boosting qualities.
Spinach - Like almonds, spinach is high in magnesium, but it also contains a substance known as phenylethylamine which works to reduce monoamine oxidase breakdown, much like the old fashioned anti-depressants used to do. It boosts your brain with energy and leaves you feeling great!
Asparagus - Asparagus contains tryptophan which helps in processing serotonin in the body. As I mentioned before, a boost in serotonin will give your mood a boost as well!
Eggs - Eggs are a brilliant mood booster for a couple of reasons. The yolk contains choline, which has been shown to assist in mental acuity and positive outlook, and they also contain L-tryptophan which also boosts the happy hormones in the body.
Broccoli - Broccoli is rich in chromium, which plays an important role in boosting the brain’s levels of serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, all of which are essential in regulating emotions and moods.
Dark Chocolate - Apart from being delicious and giving us that satisfying ‘good’ feeling of enjoyment, dark chocolate also contains tryptophan (which stimulates the production of serotonin) and phenylethylamine which is sometimes referred to as the love drug because it has a similar effect on the brain as being in love! - No wonder so many people love chocolate!