More often than not, you may feel like the world is coming down on you. Ranging from feeling a little blue to not feeling like getting out of bed, you will have days that are not so great.
The good news is that there are a ton of things that you can do to spruce up your emotions. The answer lies in your hormones. Use the tips below to boost your feel good hormones, and you will see that you will not have a bad day again.
Start with a Tryptophan Fix
Our brains contain a neurotransmitter called serotonin, these are also known as ‘happiness hormones’. Serotonin helps with a number of things to keep us smiling, it helps regulate our mood, it also helps boost memory and keep a check on behavior.
For the brain to produce this hormone, our brain requires amino acids known as
In order for the brain to produce serotonin, our bodies require an amino acid tryptophan.
To keep the supply of tryptophan on a high, you can include the following in your diet: legumes, lentils, whole eggs, grass fed red meat, chia seeds, tempeh, oily fish, oats and buckwheat.
Carbohydrates help with serotonin spike, and you may have definitely felt it as you light up after eating some warm banana bread or a yummy fruit muffin.
Carbs are known to increase the level of serotonin and they improve our mood as a result. However, if you do wish to include carbs in your diet to feel good, try and include carbs that are nutritious and have a low glycemic index, such as bananas, oats, brown rice, sourdough, gluten-free pasta and buckwheat pancakes.
Get some sunshine
Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common and also has a connection to Season Affective Disorder
Vitamin D deficiency is well known for its connection with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a disorder that tends to affect those who live in long, dark winters.
Just a little bit of sunshine can go a long way in lighting you up. Short but regular sunlight exposure is a must for the body so that it can synthesize Vitamin D and we can stay in high spirits.
Once can supply the dose of Vitamin D by consuming egg yolks, full fat dairy products, oily fish and liver.
Exercise can help to boost your serotonin levels and make you feel good. In fact there are so many benefits attached to this tip, that you will be amazed. Exercise not only helps regulate your mood, but also helps regulate sleep and it helps clear the mind so that you can think and act better.
There are a indeed a host of other ways in which you can help uplift your mood as well. Include dark chocolate in your diet, one square a day should be good. Take a break, plan a holiday, before you even need it, even the process of planning it can help you feel great. Get a pet, tune your mind to believe that you are happy, get enough sleep and meditate.
These will indeed help you feel better. Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath to learn how a good diet can help you stay in the best of spirits.