Food for mood
Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that get messages across an incredible network of neurons within your brain and the nervous system. These messengers are made each time they are needed and making neurotransmitters is dependent on nutrients that come from food. In other words, your diet directly effects how your brain functions.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with mood, sleep and appetite regulation. More specifically, serotonin signals for happy and relaxed mood and low levels are associated with depression and anxiety. Food is very important for serotonin production as it requires the amino acid tryptophan. You may have heard tryptophan mentioned as the “thing that makes you sleepy” in turkey. In actuality, tryptophan content in turkey is fairly low. But there is another incredible source found in a little powerhouse seed.
Chia seeds not only have the highest level of tryptophan available for the brain, but also contains omega-3s, minerals, and fiber. There are numerous ways to add chia seeds to your diet with just 2 tablespoons packing brain-healthy boost to your oatmeal or smoothies. For a great sweet treat you can try this chia pudding via the Fit Foodie Finds.