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This food lifts your mood: Meals and products that make you feel cheerful

This food lifts your mood: Meals and products that make you feel cheerful Meals and products that make you feel cheerful (photo: Freepik)

Some foods can have a positive effect on your mood and make you feel better. It's worth knowing what else can help improve your mood besides food.

How people enjoy food

According to the expert, when a person eats delicious food, they receive a surge of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which are part of the reward system in our brain - which is involved in the process of obtaining pleasure, motivation and reinforcement of behavior.

"We feel good when we eat delicious food, we relax, so we keep eating certain foods to get that feeling," the report says.

However, as it turned out, not all food can bring pleasure. People feel it most when they eat food rich in sugar and fat.

There are a lot of calories in such food, and it becomes a vicious circle if food is the only way to support yourself and fight stress and emotions.

How to increase dopamine levels without sweets and chips

Studies have shown that food, sex, and social interactions are some of the main ways to get pleasure. Nevertheless, it is important to find something that brings joy and pleasure outside of food.

Dopamine release can be also caused by:

  • quality sleep (comfortable temperature, humidity, lighting, nice bedding and pajamas)
  • physical exercises (walking every day will already have an effect. Regularity is important)
  • meditation, listening to music, achieving goals
  • meeting friends and socializing
  • praise (so praise yourself, children, friends, and colleagues)

What foods to eat to improve your mood

It is better to eat nuts, cheese, and red fish. These foods saturate the body with useful vitamins and help improve mood.

Banana is also a very popular antidepressant. These fruits contain vitamin B, which boosts mood and improves overall emotional well-being.

Oatmeal and buckwheat porridge are very useful for emotional well-being. Their grains contain tryptophan, which releases serotonin during digestion.

Earlier, a nutritionist named a common problem that occurs with proper nutrition.

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