As the days continue to become shorter until Christmas, we see that a lack of light can have a depressing effect on many of us.
But there is good news: Food influences our moods and we can therefore fight depression. Let’s take advantage of the following 5 well-being foods:
- Omega-3 fatty acids, essential for the smooth functioning of the nervous system. They are found in fatty fish.
- Complex carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice, barley or breakfast cereals, which allow our body to secrete serotonin, the “molecule of happiness.”
- Proteins contained in certain foods (shellfish, egg whites, cheese) that stimulate the production of dopamine, another neurotransmitter connected with pleasure.
- Vitamins, especially those in Group B that intervene on the level of the nervous system. They are found in green vegetables including lettuce, beans, peas, spinach, etc.
- Magnesium, which has a relaxing effect on the body. Good sources are legumes, seeds, nuts, dark green vegetables and chocolate.
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Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on November 3, 2012.
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