1. Dark green leafy vegetables
Spinach, kale and other dark greens are high in folate.
Folate helps us to make serotonin and dopamine. Both of these are neurotransmitters that fight depression and stress.
Here are 5 warning signs that you need more leafy greens in your life.
Turkey is one of those foods that is linked to happy memories and that is good for us too! It is high in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that shifts to serotonin in our bodies.
When we eat foods high in tryptophan we are less likely to argue.
Other foods high in tryptophan include cage-free eggs and pumpkin seeds.
3. Foods that are fermented
We know you are thinking of wine and beer here, but let’s look elsewhere! When a food is fermented it contains good bacteria that can help boost your mood.
Good choices include yogurt and kombucha tea.
4. Wild caught salmon
Wild caught salmon is good for us for so many reasons, and it is a mood booster too.
Salmon contains omega-3 fats that studies show helps cut anxiety by 20%.
Blueberries and blackberries both contain anthocyanins. These are what gives them their deep color. They also help the brain make dopamine, a good mood chemical.
Blueberries also help us build more of the white blood cells that boost the immune system.
Did you know that these delicious nuts help to dilate your arteries? This means that you have less vascular constriction, and that means less stress on your heart.
That’s not the only reason I count pistachios as one of my favorites either!