US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Did you know that food affects mood and helps fight stress, anxiety and depression? It depends on her whether you feel joy, sadness, cheerfulness or tiredness. Expressen tells you which foods can help you boost your mood, reduce anxiety and improve sleep.
Bananas contain a large amount of the tryptophan amino acid. In the body, tryptophan turns into serotonin – a signaling substance, which is often called the “hormone of joy.”
Bananas are also beneficial for women who suffer from PMS-related illnesses because they contain a lot of vitamin B6. It is believed that it can alleviate the symptoms of PMS, for example, mood swings.
These nuts are rich in selenium and therefore beneficial for the thyroid gland. And best of all, selenium acts almost instantly. So if you want to quickly cheer yourself up, eat a handful of Brazil nuts!
If you eat sugar, then immediately change it to honey: it is tasty and healthy. And even if you don’t eat sweets at all, still eat honey! This will have a very good effect on your mood.
Honey contains kaempferol and quercetin – chemical compounds that fight inflammation in the brain, which in turn prevents depression.
Another advantage of honey is that the differences in blood sugar from it are much less than from regular sugar, which means that you are not threatened with sudden bouts of fatigue and depression.
Chicken / Turkey
Maintain a good mood with chicken and turkey! Both chicken and turkey contain amino acids, such as tryptophan, necessary for the production of the “hormone of happiness” serotonin.
Another amino acid, tyrosine, helps deal with stress. In addition, it is an integral part of norepinephrine and dopamine – the two most important signaling substances of the body, on which mood depends. However, do not overeat – their overabundance can cause fatigue.
If you want to be in a good mood, drink a glass of milk every day. In addition to many important nutrients, milk contains iodine, due to which the thyroid gland works properly. And the thyroid gland through hormones regulates almost all body systems, affecting, among other things, mood.
Also in milk there is vitamin D, which is so important for us, residents of the Nordic countries, which is needed to produce the health-improving hormone serotonin.
Spicy food improves well-being and mood. Chili pepper pods contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that settles on the receptors in the mouth and nose that are responsible for pain. The brain suggests that you are really in pain, and begins to produce endorphins that create a semblance of euphoria.
Today, many already know that chocolate makes you feel happier and more satisfied. This is proven. Scientists have discovered that chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a substance that is produced in the brain during love.
But to achieve a positive effect, it is enough to eat 7 g of chocolate per day (2-4 small pieces per week). And remember: dark chocolate is most beneficial.
Salmon and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Studies have shown that docosahexaenoic fatty acid can reduce depression, sleep problems, stress and anxiety by up to 50%. Enough 1 g of fish oil per day, scientists say.
In studies of the effects of fatty acids on the body, it was found that subjects had increased sexual desire. In addition, fatty acids reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
If you eat, for example, salmon, a medium-sized portion will provide you with half the recommended amount of niacin, which, among other things, prevents the development of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
Spinach / leafy greens Spinach
and other leafy greens contain a lot of folic acid, which reduces fatigue and reduces anxiety. A lack of folic acid in the body can lead to a depressed mood or even provoke depression.
In addition to it, greens contain a lot of magnesium, which is necessary to maintain a sufficient level of the “hormone of happiness” serotonin.
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