It may be Blue Monday, but that’s no excuse to stay down in the dumps! Lots of very clever scientists from around the world have undertaken countless studies to find out what foods trigger the release of endorphins into our systems, making us happy. A deficiency of vitamins and minerals can cause low endorphin levels, so to beat the January Blues, why not tuck into some of these “happy foods”?
The clever people at Princeton Brain Bio Institute have discovered that people suffering depression often have low levels of amino acid threonine. Lucky for us, sesame seeds are one of the best food sources of this nutrient, so sprinkle them on your salad or your morning muesli.
Natures super-food, bananas are rich in potassium and are full of natural sugars that boost your energy. they also have antibiotic activity and strengthen the stomach lining. Want more? Yellow is a happy colour and their shape allows those with their mind in the gutter to chuckle as they suggestively eat them.
Ginseng apparently helps to improve your body’s reaction to stress and make you feel calmer. If you’re feeling a bit anxious, replace your morning latte with a ginseng tea to help you feel more serene. And breathe….
Tuna supplies 56% of your RDA of Vitamin B6, which is essential for the production of serotonin. A lack of B6 can make you feel a bit down so stock up on the John West (Dolphin friendly of course).
Another yellow food, it may surprise you that sweet corn is jam packed full of Vitamin B1. Studies have proven that people who supplemented their diet with B1 say improvements in energy, mood and alertness. And there versatile – enjoy them on their own or add a can to bolognaise, salads, curry, chili or stir-fry.
If you’re not currently following any healthy-eating new year’s resolutions you could also tuck into Chocolate (full of antioxidants) and Ice-cream (contains Vitamin A, B12, calcium and more) for an instant mood booster.