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What does a Hershey Bar and beets have in common?
Drum roll please….. The answer is
Processed chocolate bars (lots of sugar) AND Beets both contain tyrosine. A chemical needed to make dopamine, one of your happy brain chemicals. So beets are a great swap for sugary things.
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5 SIMPLE WAYS TO INCREASE HAPPY BRAIN CHEMICALS WITHOUT SUGAR!
Ever notice the mood and fatigue swings when you consume sugar? There are three major “happy brain chemicals” that are most impacted by sugar: Dopamine, serotonin, and beta endorphins. Low levels of any of these hormones can contribute to a host of unpleasant symptoms. The good news? There are a variety of simple ways to boost dopamine, serotonin, and beta endorphins naturally without the addiction to sugar!
1. Eat foods rich in tyrosine. Your body needs it to make dopamine. Tyrosine-rich foods include: • Vegetables: Beets, green leafy vegetables, watermelon • Drinks: Coffee, green tea • Fruits: Apples, avocados, bananas • Grains: Wheat germ, oatmeal • Protein: Almonds, beef, chicken, eggs, fish, lima beans, sesame and pumpkin seeds • Spices: Turmeric
2. Meditate. Meditation, mindfulness, prayer, and self-reflection have been shown to increase dopamine & serotonin, improving both focus, concentration, and mood. Ask yourself these questions directed at how you feel: • Do I feel content? • What do I need to feel happy? Just a few minutes a day can make a difference!
3. Eat dark chocolate. Research suggests that eating dark chocolate could boost endorphin levels. Cocoa powder and chocolate contain chemicals called flavonoids that appear to be beneficial to the brain. However, many commercial chocolate products contain only small amounts of real cocoa and often contain generous amounts of added sugar and fat. Look for products that contain at least 70% cocoa to benefit your endorphins.
4. Think happy thoughts & laugh. Focus on a happier state of mind if you want to raise your serotonin. Studies have shown that serotonin synthesis can be affected by changing your own mood. While your mood can affect serotonin levels, serotonin levels can also affect mood. Watch a funny movie, hang out with a friend, create your own “I AM” statement to focus on the good.
5. Practice self-care every day. Simple small acts of self-care every day elevate endorphins gently. Light a candle, read a book, or walk outdoors in nature.
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