How to Be Happier
There are some foods that contain within their proteins an amino acid called tryptophan, which intervenes in the production of serotonin, the happiness hormone.
But eating a great quantity of a selection of foods will not suffice to make us happy. The brain can only absorb tryptophan when combined with carbohydrates, which is why the best mechanism for food to help our mood is to follow a diet that is as balanced as possible: a varied and colorful mix of foods containing a broad range of different components, here a list of what not to miss in your pantry.
Dairy and eggs: They are rich in tryptophan, which gets directly involved in the synthesis of serotonin.
Choose fresh fruits, integral cereals and legumes with soy and all their derivatives, they have a lot of fiber and are ideal to help the treatment of states of depression and can counteract anxiety.
Dried fruits: Like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, have tryptophan in their chemical composition.
Avoid alcohol, because it acts as depressing the neurons, first it produces a state of euphoria and then later it dilutes worsening the state of the mood.
It is important also to keep in mind that specific colors of foods have a beneficial effect over our minds; that way, orange and red foods stimulate, the blues calm, the yellows liven, and the greens help with concentration.
For those times when you feel like you can’t get up, include these tips daily for always having energy.
- Green salads increase energy
- Drink a lot of water: more energy, less stress
- Cayenne peppers against depression
- Walnuts contain Omega 3 to help the brain
- Banana increases serotonin
- Green shakes a fury of energy
- Laughing at yourself increases good hormones
- Almonds release magnesium for the brain