We all know listening to music, going for a walk and being mindful will help us feel relaxed and less anxious about life, but did you know that some foods can do the same for you?
There has been a bunch of research projects about this in the recent years. We now know that eating certain foods can increase the levels of two of your ‘chill out’ brain chemicals: the neurotransmitters, Serotonin and GABA.
Serotonin, aka ‘the happiness molecule’ is essential for a positive, peaceful mood. When released, it makes you feel more content, more easy-going, happier and calmer.
But if your serotonin is low, you may suffer anxiety and/or depressive symptoms.
Foods that increase serotonin are eggs, pineapples, salmon, cheese, dark chocolate, seeds and nuts.
The other neurotransmitter, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), generally kicks in when you are stressed and need to calm down. And, if you don’t have enough of it, your brain can get stuck in the ‘on’ position—making you feel hyped, over-stimulated, overwhelmed and stressed out.
Naturally there are also foods that increase the release of GABA. Like bananas, broccoli, brown rice, oranges, fish, nuts, oats, spinach, and fermented foods such as Kombucha.
So next time you are standing with the fridge door open wondering what to eat, ask yourself: Do I need a chill pill? Do I need a boost of happiness?
Choose wisely and enjoy the benefits.
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