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Food that we put into our body can affect how our body works. Eating different kinds of nutritious foods has a definite impact on both physical and mental health, making us more immune to disease, feel happier and active. Whenever we are stressed out or feel low, it is often the case that it affects our eating patterns and food choices.

It can be because of

  •     not having enough time to prepare meals
  •     feeling too compelled while planning or thinking about food
  •     irregular meal times due to lifestyle or work
  •     or not prioritise our health

 We become more susceptible to stress-related symptoms when we aren’t fueling our bodies with healthy foods. and the cycle goes on – until we take some definite action about it, that is. While we cannot advise you precisely what you should be consuming, we can give you a guideline on foods to avoid and recommend options that you might like to try alternatively. There are a lot of foods which are high in essential nutrients and are extraordinarily beneficial for our health, and especially our mental health. 

Here are a few that are known very well for their role in improving happy hormones to get you started:

Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the best plant-based origins of tryptophan, and so it actively raises serotonin levels in the body. It contains excellent levels of folate (vitamin B12), a vitamin that, according to research, has shown to be deficient in many who have depression

Avocado

Avocados are rich in vitamin B3, a  vitamin that boosts serotonin, and they also carry omega-3 fatty acids which support brain health and regulate mood.

Cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes are abundant in the phytonutrient lycopene in their skins. Because of the large surface area on cherry tomatoes (as compared to other larger varieties), they provide an abundant amount of lycopene which prevents the increase in pro-inflammatory compounds that researchers have associated with depression.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants which means that it naturally boosts mood and promotes the brain to release endorphins through the presence of N-acylethanolamine chemicals.

Seeds and nuts

All seeds and nuts contain tryptophan, an antecedent for serotonin, and they also produce antioxidants, which decreases the risk of depression.

Fruits

Banana, pineapple, plum and kiwi, are all rich in serotonin, boosting our mood naturally.

Salmon

Salmon has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and tryptophan and, DHA  and EPA as well as vitamin  B6 and B12, so it helps the body to produce serotonin, boosting our mood and decreases inflammation, shielding the nerves in our nervous system.

Spinach

Spinach is rich in magnesium, which helps boost energy levels and phenylethylamine, which decreases the monoamine oxidase breakdown through the same mechanism that old-fashioned pre-Prozac antidepressants worked.

And Water of course

Water is essential to keep both your body and mind hydrated, helping their functionality, so it is essential to consume 2 litres of water per day.

You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional

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