The 6 Best Foods For Better Mental Health

A woman with blonde dreadsWhat is serotonin? This naturally-produced chemical is believed to contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness. Fluctuating levels of serotonin can have a very negative impact on an individual’s mood, sleep patterns and ability to learn and deal with stressful situations.

While it is possible to take medicine to regulate serotonin deficiencies, you can also help control your levels, and your mood, with healthy diet choices.

For a healthier, more stable mood, be sure to:

 

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Eat Carbs

Many people neglect the significance of carbohydrates and associate them with weight gain. But in reality, carbohydrates are very useful and essential for one’s body. Studies have proven that carbohydrates can make a person feel better.

When one has a fully satisfied stomach, the person automatically feels happy and satisfied. A hungry person is dull for obvious reasons. Carbohydrates, thanks to the presence of serotonin, not only fulfill one’s hunger but also increase the supply of serotonin to the brain and other parts of the body that freshens up one’s mind and makes the person feel healthier and happier.

A variety of different types of fruits, including grapes, strawberries and plums

Eat Fruit

Fruits are not only delicious, but are also full of important nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Many fruits boost of serotonin and other mood-enhancing chemicals. Chemicals, such as melatonin are also present in certain fruits. They help improve sleep, which is often the reason for a person’s sadness or depression.

Plums, pineapple, bananas and sour cherries can directly influence serotonin production.