We all want to feel our best and feel happy. Some days we can feel down and fed up, some of us may even suffer from depression. What you may not realize is that these feelings of depression or simply feeling down can be combated with the food we eat.
Have you ever felt that tired lethargic feeling when you couldn’t be bothered to get up and do anything? Our brains require sugar in the form of glucose to stay alert and efficient. Sadly when we feel down like this we tend to reach for the easiest option such as refined sugar in chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks. While these foods offer us a sugar hit and energy boost, we also suffer the after effects and a slump in blood sugar levels.
These swings from high sugar to low sugar accentuate our mood swings and can leave us feeling worse than before our sugar binge. So what foods are the best to eat for a steady mood and feeling of happiness?
We need to focus on foods which promote the production of serotonin. Serotonin is released within our brain and is our natural feel good hormone. Foods which promote this feel good hormone are;
Green vegetables – such as broccoli, peppers and sugar snap peas
Garlic and cinnamon – they help to regulate insulin production which will in turn regulate sugar levels.
Turkey and yogurt (perhaps not together) are great sources of tryptophan. Tryptophan is released before serotonin and aids the production of this wonderful feel good hormone.
Eggs, avocados and almonds all contain amino acids, they help our body produce dopamine which can give our brains a feel good boost.