This is Your Brain on Food

Certain foods increase natural feel good drugs known as neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in your brain. These are critical to emotional wellbeing.

The following foods naturally increase your levels of neurotransmitters:

  • Bananas
  • Almonds
  • Lima beans
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Tuna
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapples
  • Seaweed
  • Beets
  • Spinach
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Whole wheat
  • Avocado
  • Dark chocolate

The following foods can reduce neurotransmitter levels:

  • Foods high in refined sugar
  • Foods high in saturated fats
  • Foods high in cholesterol

Studies show that exercise can also increase the amount of neurotransmitters

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