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Food that makes you happy

  1. Tryptophan is an amino acid that is the building block for many proteins. Therefore, protein-rich foods will often contain tryptophan. The great thing about the amino acid tryptophan is that it is converted in the body into serotonin, which is known as the happiness hormone. Serotonin is used as the basis for synthetic drugs targeting depression such as Prozac. Some medications contain a synthetic version of serotonin and others contain a way to slow down the breakdown of serotonin. The unfortunate thing about these drugs is that they have serious side effects and that the body becomes very dependent on them. That is why it is a lot healthier to feed your body with protein-rich foods when you suffer from depression.


  1. What should you not eat? Lentils, beans and kidney beans Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts. Pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds Wheat grain Cheese Eggs Green-leaved vegetables Nutritional yeast Eat cocoa beans Maca root Spirulina

What shouldn't you eat?

  1. First of all, it is important to know that sugar affects the brain structure. therefore it is unwise to eat sugar. It is also important to understand that trans fats such as margarine, cooking oil and cooking oil are bad for the brain; you better use organic oils. That does not mean: chips, pretzels, biscuits, sauces and oils from the supermarket! First, take organic foods that don't contain any crazy stuff. Nuts are great snacks, just like fruits. Also consider vegetable snacks.

Lentils, beans and kidney beans

  1. Legumes are the most important source of protein for vegetarians. They are vegetarian protein sources. You can eat 50 to 100 grams of legumes every day; that is good for your mood and your health. Tryptophan is an important, essential amino acid, which is abundantly found in lentils, beans and kidney beans, as well as other legumes. The soybean is the legume that contains the most tryptophan. However, you should not eat this legume daily; it is best to limit its use to once every three weeks. There is a danger in soy. This therefore applies to soy milk, tofu or tofu and all kinds of other products based on soy. An exception to this are fermented soy products such as tempé and miso. These soy products contain as much tryptophan as regular soy, but you can basically eat them daily. Soy can block zinc absorption; that's why you shouldn't eat too much of it.

Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts. Pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds

  1. Of all nut and seed types, pumpkin seeds contain the most tryptophan. Now you don't eat a handful of pumpkin seeds quickly. Cashews are ideal snack nuts and are packed with this amino acid. Hence, these are a more convenient source of tryptophan. Naturally there are also all kinds of healthy fats in nuts, especially omega 3. The brain consists largely of omega 3; therefore nuts are very well suited to keep time happy for two reasons.

Grain of wheat

  1. At the beginning of the 21st century, a lot of nonsense is written about the whole grain of wheat. There are many experts who falsely claim that whole grain of wheat is unhealthy. Flour and white flour, whatever comes from the whole grain of wheat, is indeed unhealthy; this can cause inflammation at the cellular level or low-grade inflammation. In addition, flour can cause type 2 diabetes mellitus because it is converted into sugars in the body. However, the whole grain of wheat has been proven to allow the body to absorb many minerals, despite the fact that it contains phytic acid.


  1. Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and Swiss cheese contain the highest concentrations of tryptophan of all cheese types. Other cheeses also contain tryptophan but in lower concentrations. Cheese is an excellent source of amino acids or proteins. Of course there are people who are allergic to cheese; it is an animal product. For these people, cheese is a potential danger. Yet these people are the minority.


  1. Eggs are an important source of protein. They contain, among other things, vitamin B12, which is also important against depression, just like tryptophan. Eggs have no negative effect on the body. In the second half of the 20th century, many doctors argued that eggs lead to elevated cholesterol levels, but since the cholesterol myth has been debunked, we need not fear that anymore.

Green-leaved vegetables

  1. Green vegetables and spinach contain vitamin C and magnesium in large amounts. These substances help to convert tryptophan into serotonin, the happiness hormone. That's why people who eat healthy feel so happy! In addition, leafy vegetables, especially in coal, contain a lot of vitamin K. This vitamin is very good for the brain. People with Alzheimer's are even advised to eat extra leafy greens because of the vitamin K content; according to phytotherapy, it can stop brain degeneration.

Nutritional yeast

  1. Nutritional yeast is a source of vitamin B12 and tryptophan. That is why nutritional yeast should not be missing from a vegan menu. With nutritional yeast you don't need a synthetic source of B12 at all. You can use nutritional yeast daily. It is a great way to sprinkle on a salad. You can also use it with rice and pasta. It is preferable to mix this with your food if it is already on your plate; cooking the nutritional yeast loses nutritional value and healing power.

Snacking on cocoa beans

  1. Eating sweets is unwise in principle, as sugar changes the structure of the brain. But you can eat healthy snacks! Try getting used to eating a raw cocoa bean. Raw cocoa is very healthy; it works as an anti-cancer supplement and does many more things. Raw cocoa releases endorphins and other substances associated with the feeling of falling in love. That is an extremely positive feeling! However, the sugar takes away this feeling. That is why you can use raw cocoa as a drink or as a flavoring for a muesli, but it is not wise to wallow in eating bars of chocolate. If you still cannot resist that temptation, it is wise to limit yourself to eating chocolate with a cocoa percentage of 80% or higher: it contains so little sugar that you will still notice its stimulating capacity.

Maca root

  1. Maca root contains a range of minerals and vitamins. For someone who is depressed, it is good to know that a deficiency of vitamins B1 and B2 is often associated with depression. These vitamins are abundant in Maca! It also has a sweet taste. You can use it in combination with raw cocoa to make a sweet drink.


  1. Spirulina is perhaps the healthiest plant on earth. It is eaten as a supplement. You can do it through a smoothie, but you can also drink it with water; although that doesn't taste particularly good. Depression is often accompanied by vitamin and mineral deficiencies; therefore it is good for a depressed person to give his mood an extra boost with natural supplements such as spirulina and maca.

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