Eating foods high in tryptophan is a natural way to help boost serotonin production. Serotonin is a brain chemical that has a positive effect on mood. It is sometimes called the ‘happiness’ hormone. Your body utilizes tryptophan in order to make this special hormone.
Animal protein sources such as turkey, chicken, beef, and eggs are high in tryptophan. Foods from the plant kingdom such as chia seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, almonds, and spirulina are also a great source of tryptophan.
For best results, eat tryptophan foods in combination with complex carbohydrates (see previous article: Feed Your Depression - Part 1).
In addition, tryptophan foods also contain amino acids, the building blocks of protein. These help with mental acuity and alertness.
Feed your body well and enjoy the benefits of a healthier body and a happier mind.