Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: Many of you will think that a slice of pizza or a bowl of chips is always considered the best thing that will help in cheering us up? Not quite, but the truth is that if you’re looking for more sustainable boosts to your own emotional well-being, there are better ways to eat happy. There are food items that have been clinically proven to fight depression, lift energy, ease anxiety and generally make you feel good.
In October, on the World Smile Day there are five mood-boosting foods that can influence your brain in a consistent, positive way and help cheer you up:
Chocolate:- There’s a very good reason we feel a bit happier after indulging in a piece or two. Chocolate releases mood-elevating chemicals, like theobromine, tyrosine, and tryptophan (serotonin).
Banana:- Can be eaten to help in treating PMS symptoms or depression, this yellow fruit is high in tryptophan, which converts to serotonin according to a study by the University of Maryland Medical Center. And, can also stabilize blood sugar and help you to relax.
Yoghurt:- Aren’t just great for the stomach and immune health, they can also affect your brain functioning, increasing the mood-boosting neurotransmitters.
Green tea:- It has L-theanine (amino acids) properties that will help to keep you calm and relaxed. It also helps in improving mental fog.
Dal:- Increases your body’s serotonin levels, allowing you to relax and feel happy. They’re also very high in iron and are responsible for your day-to-day energy levels.