Natural Happiness Enhancers

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Try to eat two or more of these natural happiness enhancers every day for a healthy mind and body. My personal favourite is avocado shake.

SPINACH

It’s rich in iron: a great energy booster that wards off fatigue and aids concentration. It’s also a good source of vitamin B6 and folate, which support the brain’s ability to produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.

SWEET POTATOES

They’re a great alternative to standard spuds as they are rich in folate, plus they are better than white potatoes at keeping blood sugar levels steady.

BRAZIL NUTS

They’re one of the best sources of the mood-boosting mineral sele nium, which can ward off low mood and anxiety.

OILY FISH

Fish such as sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help the brain to interpret moods and boost concentration levels. Low levels are linked with depression and other mood disorders.

AVOCADOS

They’re bursting with depression-fighting folate, mood-lifting tryptophan and stress relieving vitamin B6.

EGGS

They’re a great source of zinc, which helps you to feel more alert and energised by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.

YOGHURT

It’s rich in calcium, a mineral which can ease mood swings, depression and anxiety.

TOFU

It’s rich in protein, which increases energy levels and improves concentration. It also contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which boosts the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine as well as thyroid hormone, which can all help elevate mood.

BANANAS

They can balance hunger and mood between meal energy slumps as they help to stabilise blood sugar levels.The fruit’s high vitamin B6 content can help relieve anxiety and stress, and it’s also a great source of tryptophan -the essential amino acid the brain converts into happiness hormone serotonin.

BREAD

Your daily slice boosts levels of serotonin -a neurotransmitter that helps you feel happier and calmer. Wholemeal bread produces less serotonin than white but the energy it produces has more staying power, so you will avoid the slump you can experience soon after eating white bread.

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