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Foods For Happiness: Natural Antidepressants

Date November 28, 2018 10:30

Can food keep your energy high and make you feel better?

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Naturally! A change of nutrition can lead to a variation in the metabolic activity and brain processes, ultimately altering the energy level and mood.

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Food can positively influence your mood maintaining a sufficient energy level in three ways:

  1. By providing optimal amount of calories.
  2. By optimizing metabolic processes to burn calories more efficiently.
  3. Tea and coffee contain caffeine and can temporarily stimulate an increase in energy and improved brain function.

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Best products for good mood are those that don’t cause a jump in the blood sugar and those making brain produce more substances responsible for mood (for example, happiness hormones: serotonin, endorphin, and dopamine).

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Complex carbohydrates (whole grain products, beans, vegetables, fruits, berries) are required to boost the energy level and improve mood. They are beneficial for the whole organism as sources of energy. In addition, they increase the serotonin level, but at the same time, unlike simple carbohydrates, they are absorbed slower and don’t make you blood sugar jump.

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Avoid simple carbs and sweets that cause rapid changes in the blood sugar, which can make you feel drowsy, sad, and constantly craving for food.

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Also, products containing omega-3 fatty acids help produce serotonin: avocados, broccoli, walnuts, flax seeds, olive and flaxseed oils.

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Peanuts, almonds, soy products are balanced sources of protein, including amino acid tyrosine. It is a precursor of dopamine and norepinephrine - brain substances that help us stay more focused and attentive.

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Vitamin B12 is very important, as it helps our body to fight fatigue and bad mood, it is found in algae (kelp and blue-green algae), tofu, and miso sauce.

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In addition to nutrition adjustments, there is one more proven way to stay toned and keep your spirits high - exercising. Endorphins are produced during sleep and training. Even a 15-minute walk can boost your energy.

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Regular physical exercises help fighting bad mood. They induce physiological changes, create muscles, which require more energy, which in turn activates metabolic processes and you feel more energetic during the day.

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