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#FoodieFriday Foods that Fight the Winter Blues

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As Winter rapidly approaches the loss of sunshine and constant appearance of clouds start to effect everyone's mood, whether they realize it or not. Luckily, there are ways to fight the winter blues by consuming foods that boost serotonin levels in the human body.

1) Eat Complex Carbs. "Foods such as whole-wheat bread, pasta, potatoes, cereal and brown rice are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin in the brain."

2) Eat dairy, nuts, meats and poultry. "Tyrosine, another important amino acid found in these type foods, encourages your brain to release dopamine and norepinephrine." These neurotransmitters keep you alert and help to sharpen your thinking process.

3) Eat leafy greens, poultry, fish, and whole grains. These foods are rich in vitamin B6 and stimulate serotonin to "feel good" levels.

4) Eat cold water fish like tuna, herring, and salmon that are high in Omega-3 fat and vitamin B. Both Omega-3 & vitamin B produce serotonin. Also, the trace mineral selenium as been linked with fighting depression.

Mix these four step with exercise and you should have an extra boost of mental readiness to fight the worst case of the Winter Blues!


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