Witness the silver lining with these ‘happy hormones’ releasing foods

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, feeling low is very likely and staying positive seems difficult at times, isn’t it? Under such circumstances, it is quite likely to grab a bowl filled with ice cream or a packet full of chips, which might uplift the mood, but surely is unhealthy. There are certain foods that boost the body’s production of serotonin, known as the happy hormone. In addition to this, studies have also shown that foods with a high level of magnesium and vitamin B12 also provide the body with feel-good chemicals.

 

Before we move ahead, lets first know which foods barge in the way of achieving happiness, rather give anxiety and stress:

  1. Alcohol

  2. Ready to eat meals

  3. Excessive tea and coffee

  4. High sugar and fizzy drinks, etc.

 

So, now that you know which are the foods causing you to be gloomy, let’s see the brighter side of things. You will be elated to explore the long list of easily accessible/common foods which are bound to put up a smile on your face, almost effortlessly.

 

  1. Bananas

Bananas are a rich source of folate/vitamin B9, which makes it strive through depression by releasing serotonin. So, stay calm and healthy with this one.

 

  1. Chocolate

We all love chocolates, and this is one of the strongest reason to stick to this one. Chocolate releases serotonin and a feel-good hormone, which is called dopamine. This leads to people crave for more and become addictive to feel good, but in a healthier way. 

 

  1. Cottage cheese

A protein-rich food is considered to be the foundation for serotonin production, which helps to make us feel content. So, let the spark for the love of paneer ignite again and you can smile all day long.

  

  1. Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C and aid in the production of endorphins. If you want to make it kickass then adorn those berries with the hint of chocolate, we bet it will be the best treat ever! 

 

  1. Oranges and other citrus fruits 

Oranges not just flaunt its endearing look but are also rich in Vitamin C. It helps in increasing the collagen production, which lifts up the mood, thus giving you a much-required happy factor. 

 

  1. Spicy food

Wonder why we end up having tears of joy when we have spicy food? In a literal sense, spicy food not gives an instant burst of flavours but is also quintessential in keeping those spirits high. It boosts the production of the feel good hormones that aids in reducing stress/anger while easing depression too.

 

  1. Asparagus

Another gem from the plant-based food category which actively boosts serotonin levels in the body. In addition, it also contains high folate levels, thereby fighting against depression.

 

  1. Avocado and Eggs 

Eggs are our everyday buddy for providing a complete health package which we look for. It will turn even better when you will discover that it not just keeps your gut happy but makes your heart smile too! To experience an enhancement on to the happiness factor, pop in some doze of avocado too, you will feel on top of the world!

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.