Many scientific studies have shown that certain foods, by their composition can naturally influence our well-being.
How? Our brain is made up of a multitude of neurotransmitters. These are created by the nutrients we swallow. These neurotransmitters are often created in the brain, but also in the intestine, which we also call 「the second brain」.
So what are these foods that make you happy?
They contain serotonin, a neurotransmitter your brain needs to stabilize and boost your mood. They’re as potassium-rich as bananas and can help your muscles relax. Heart-healthy fats and fiber and immune-boosting B vitamins are also abundant.
Zero stress guaranteed.
Rich in magnesium and Vitamin B to regulate your nervous system and stay in a good mood.
Rich in tryptophan, an animated acid at the origin of the synthesis of serotonin, hormone responsible for well being. Also has the property of acting as an antidepressant.
- Fat fish
Rich in 3Omega, excellent for mental health. Well known for its cardioprotective properties, it also acts on our emotional state and can fight depression symptoms.
Rich in B3 vitamin which regulates humor.
- Black chocolate
Having a small taste of the blues? Try a piece of black chocolate and you will get back on your feet quickly!! Not only its delicious taste, it is also the presence of theobromine, a psychostimulant whose effects are close to caffeine and serotonin, the hormone of happiness, that explains its well-being action.
- Red berries
Raspberries, blueberries, black currants, goji berries, cranberries…
Red berries are an important source of Vitamin C, mineral and fiber.
But they are mostly full of antioxidants. These substances help, among other things, to prevent premature aging of cells.
They fight against stress in addition to acting on depression and anxiety
These green vegetables are particularly rich in vitamin B9 (or folic acid) a vitamin that plays an essential role in the secretion of serotonin, the hormone of well-being.
- Whole grains
Rich in B6 and B12, whole grains are very good for nervous balance.
With their composition rich in omega 3, magnesium and fiber, oilseeds are real assets for our health and act on the neurotransmitters which regulate mood.
Rich in antioxidant
Almonds influence stress and regulate mood.
You may find below an inspiration plate that will boost your serotonin production.
Wholegrain rice mixed with lentils (green or coral) and a fatty fish such as salmon. Thus, you will fill up with tryptophan, carbohydrates, vitamin D and omega-3. In addition, this combination will provide your body with a large part of the cofactors necessary for the production of serotonin.
For dessert, bet on some dried fruit with a large square of chocolate for an additional supply of iron, carbohydrate and tryptophan. Finish with an orange to fill up on vitamin C!
Be happy, be healthy !