The Happiness Diet: What Foods Can Perk You Up?

Doctors have long acknowledged that there is a strong correlation between the food that you eat and the way that you feel. Diet and nutrition is a vital part of improving your mental wellness and wellbeing, and this link between food and mood can have far-reaching consequences.


Your body produces a hormone called serotonin, which is known as the ‘happy hormone’ as it boosts your mood. There are certain foods that boost the body’s production of this hormone, and you should aim to include these in your diet as much as possible.


An amino acid called tryptophan is converted by the body into serotonin, and this can only be obtained through food supplements. Serotonin then works with noradrenalin and dopamine to help to improve mood, reduce stress and promote relaxation.


Studies have also found that foods with high levels of vitamin B12 and magnesium also help to trigger the ‘feel good’ sensation in the body by releasing those all-important chemicals.


Cottage cheese is actually one of the best foods to eat if you want to improve your mood. It may not seem very appealing, but it is absolutely loaded with tryptophan. This can be especially beneficial for women suffering from PMT, as the tryptophan (and resulting serotonin) has been proved to reduce aggression in women who are premenstrual, and can also reduce mood swings, irritability and tension.


Spinach is another surprising candidate. It has high levels of magnesium, making it a great food to help ward of feelings of depression, anxiety and fatigue. It protects the brain from ammonia and helps to relax the blood vessels, too.


You also now have a cast-iron excuse to order the lobster next time you are out for dinner, as Shellfish are packed with the vitamin B12, which is great for reducing obsessive-compulsive behaviour and helping to beat sleeplessness or feelings of aggression.

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