Isn’t it wonderful if eating can make us more joyful, calm and healthy? Let’s take a look at 5 foods that are scientifically proven to make us happier.
Salmon contains a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve our mood and alleviate mild depression. We also can find high levels of vitamin B12 in salmon, which can help the production of serotonin. Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters that aids in feelings of well being.
Avocado also has abundant Tryptophan to produce serotonin. In addition, avocados are beneficial for skin, hair and nails.
Milk contains whey protein which can alleviate anxiety. We also can find iodine in milk which is important for proper thyroid function. The thyroid gland regulates almost the entirety of our body’s functions through the hormones it produces, including our mood.
Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the chemical created by the brain when we experience falling in love. PEA promotes the brain’s release of endorphins. That’s why eating chocolate makes us feel happier.
Chilis contain capsaicin. When we eat something spicy, the capsaicin attaches itself to the pain receptors in the mucous membrane of our mouth and nose. Subsequently, the brain is told that it’s in pain, so it releases endorphins. Endorphins make us happy and provide a sense of well being.