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Serotonin is an amazing chemical, produced naturally by your body to help you feel happy, accomplished and energetic.

It is the chemical that contributes most to your feeling of well-being. Not having enough Serotonin in your system can lead to mood imbalances, negative feelings and even depression.

As you age, the levels of Serotonin in your brain decreases, and this could impact your happiness and well-being. So, it is important that you do everything possible to be able to help your body increase and maintain levels of Serotonin. One of the best ways to do this is by focussing on the foods you eat.

There are proven lists of foods that are known to boost Serotonin in the body. Below are a list of foods that, if made part of your diet, will assist you to increase and maintain your Serotonin levels.

1) Eggs, cheese, and tofu

Protein-laden foods rank high on this list. Of this group, eggs and cheese are two of the best foods you can have to naturally contribute to your body’s ability to boost Serotonin.

2) Pineapples, nuts and seeds

The best vegetarian foods you could possibly have in order to boost your Serotonin levels are pineapples, nuts and seeds. All three of these wonder-foods are able to naturally regulate and increase your feelings of happiness and well being. A daily serve of these is bound to work wonders within days.

3) Salmon and turkey

The two highest non-vegetarian foods on the list happen to be two of the most versatile. Salmon and turkey lend themselves to multiple ways of cooking, from grills to roasts, to bakes, or even just sliced in sandwiches. Having these foods as part of a balanced diet is a great way to maintain a healthy diet as well as boost your body’s ability to maintain and increase Serotonin naturally.

When combined with regular exercise and a balanced lifestyle, these foods can really change the way you feel over time. Best of all, they are versatile, everyday foods that you can incorporate into many of your daily recipes.

What foods make you feel fantastic? Please share in the comments below!

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  • Interesting.. I’ve heard something along these lines about nuts before although from memory you don’t need very many to have the positive effect!

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  • Lindt chocolate and Raffaelos makes me happy – and being around warm, loving people.

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  • i was hoping the list would be bigger. lol i thought chocolate would be on here lol

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  • I would eat most of these so great to hear how good they are for us :)

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  • Coffee makes this sleepy mummy happy

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  • Chocolate makes me happy but it also comes with guilt. At least these ones are guilt free (though not sure they’ll make me as happy as chocolate ;)

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  • No wonder so many people have a strong love of cheese, now it makes sense! I’m glad I read this as my serotonin is usually in need of a boost, and man-made medications don’t work. Natural and delicious methods are much better.

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  • I was so hoping ice cream was on the list … and chocolate.

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  • Absolutely true! When I feel down, there’s nothing better than a small handful of shredded mozzarella and a few squares of good quality dark chocolate. :D Not too much, but great for a quick boost of serotonin. :) Don’t become dependent on food for happiness, though. The two aren’t necessarily synonymous.

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  • I wonder it there is a blood test that tells you what your serotonin levels are.

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  • I must be very happy as all of these foods I eat each week. I love berries more than an other fruit and if there’s a bag of popcorn available I’m in heaven.

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  • Um chocolate….! I do always feel good in the morning after my muesli, yoghurt and blueberry mix. It’s a great start to the day. A mango smoothie I make at home always makes me feel good too.

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  • I need something to boost my ability to sleep soundly. I am a light sleeper and wake at the slightest noise. If a baby stirs in her crib or cot, I am wide awake before he/she wakes up properly and starts to cry for a feed, even if it is somebody else’s baby.

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  • yay – I use all of these. I have just read about how amazing pineapple is, so keen to add more of it to my diet

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  • Interesting *adds to shopping list*

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