When it comes to food, nothing matches the sheer happiness of enjoying a rich cream-filled cupcake or munching on that extra cheeseburger. But, we all know how it ends — bloating, more cravings and an unhealthy lifestyle. It is well known that becoming fit is not an overnight process. It requires lifestyle changes and dietary modifications.
But this brings to another question: what to do when we are feeling down and munching on junk food seems comforting? Rashi Chowdhary, diabetes educator recently shared in an Instagram post three of her favourite foods that “not only support your gut but also help your brain produce dopamine and serotonin, the neurotransmitters responsible for your happiness, mood, sleep, libido and so much more!”
Check it out below.
Chowdhary suggests this because it contains tyrosine. “Tyrosine boosts the dopamine levels in the brain which can improve thinking and memory” she adds. 100 grams of sesame seeds contains 0.79 g of tyrosine.
Not only does it release dopamine but also blocks adenosine. “Adenosine is a neurotransmitter in your brain that makes you feel drowsy” explains the diabetes educator. Now it is clear why we always opt for coffee in the morning! However, she points out to not consume more than 2 cups of coffee or 250 grams of coffee in a day.
Bananas are rich in potassium but they also contain another component which is known as tryptophan. “It is an amino acid that the body converts into serotonin which helps you relax” she explains. A medium-size banana contains about 11 mg of tryptophan while the potassium along with magnesium help in reducing stress levels, allowing you to sleep better.