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Mood-Boosting Foods

…I wouldn’t recommend depending on it to boost your mood. But the good news is there are a number of other healthy foods that can balance your serotonin, which is the chemical substance in your brain that promotes feelings of calm, well-being, mental alertness, control, and an increased ability to…

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4 Foods for Depression

…Anxiety Food for Depression #1: Eat more eggs. Eggs contain all the basic amino acids necessary to produce essential neurotransmitters, including serotonin. They are also rich in sulfur and magnesium, both good for your heart. Eat as many as six per week, and don’t worry about the notion that eggs contribute…

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4 Ways to Short-Circuit the Winter Blues

…husband calls her “solar powered”—and he’s not too far off. Your body needs sunlight to manufacture the feel-good hormone serotonin. So as the days get shorter and serotonin production drops, SAD can set in—including fatigue, anxiety, depression, carbohydrate cravings, sleep disorders, and even reduced…

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Supplement and Medication Interactions to Avoid

…supplement for depression, with anti-depressive drugs like Paxil, Prozac, or Zoloft. An overdose of serotonin, the brain's "happy hormone," may occur. This medication interaction results in serotonin excess, which manifests itself as irritability, dry mouth and insomnia. * Do not use the herbs valerian…

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Why You Crave Dark Chocolate

…you're craving dark chocolate, it might be that you're looking to boost low levels of brain chemicals like phenylethylamine, or even dopamine and serotonin, as well as a sense of generalized well-being. So, for those of us in Northern latitudes pushing to get through the winter “hump month” of February…

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Tips for Holiday Stress Reduction for a Healthy Heart

…increased alcohol intake over the holidays. Alcohol also exerts a depressant effect that can cause a slowing of brain activity, which lowers your serotonin levels. Plus, as alcohol’s effects wear off, you may feel anxious, which brings about an increase in stress hormones. So for heart health, go easy…

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Information About Eggs & Heart Health

…matter. They’re also an excellent mood-booster, containing all of the basic amino acids necessary to produce essential neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Eggs are also rich in sulfur and magnesium, both good for your heart. They’re also one of the few dietary sources of choline which is vital for…

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DHA Benefits Your Brain, Too

…supplying your body with the building blocks it needs to create healthy brain tissue. * Benefits mental well-being by helping to build the receptors for serotonin, which is the “feel good” chemical in your brain. What's the Best Source of DHA? Foods such as flaxseed, nuts and seeds, coldwater fish like salmon…

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