You like to have feel-good foods? Here are they:-
- Bread: Daily slice boosts levels of serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps you feel happier and calmer. Wholemeal bread produces less serotonin than white but the energy it produces has more staying power, so you will avoid the slump you can experience soon after eating white bread.
- Eggs: They are a great source of zinc, which helps you to feel more alert and energised by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.
- Oily Fish: Fish such as sardines and mackerel are in rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help the brain to interpret moods and boost concentration levels. Low levels are linked with depression and other mood disorders.
- Sweet Potatoes: They are great alternative to standard spuds as they are rich in folate, pluus they are better than white potatoes at keeping blood sugar levels steady.
- Tofu: It is rich protein, which increases energy levels and improves concentration. It also contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which boosts the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine as well as thyroid hormone, which can all help elevate mood.
- Spinach: It is rich in iron - a great energy booster that wards off fatigue and aids concentration. It is also a good source of vitamin B6 and folate, which support the brain's ability to produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonim.
- Bananas: They can balance hunger and mood between meal energy slumps as they help to stablize blood sugar levels. The fruit's high vitamin B6 content can help to relive anxiety and stress, and it is also a great source of tryptophan - the essential amino acid the brain converts in to happiness hormone serotonin.
- Nuts: They are one of the mood-boosting mineral selenium, which can ward off low mood and anxiety.
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