Coming off of the energy of summer — along with shorter days and cooler temperatures — it’s natural to feel zapped of energy come fall. But some foods build neurotransmitters which can help boost our mood and energy. While there are more than 70 different neurotransmitters that help control appetite, memory, mental function, energy and sleep, there are three specific hormones — serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine — that are especially important in mood and energy regulation.
Here are 10 foods high in these healthy hormones and other nutrients to keep you energized as the seasons change:
Eating animal protein along with a whole grain like quinoa can help increase the absorption of the amino acid tryptophan — an essential building block for increasing serotonin. Not only will it help boost your mood and improve sleep quality, but quinoa is also a great source of magnesium and B-vitamins, key actors in neurotransmitter creation.
Full of phytochemicals, antioxidant-rich red cabbage may help the body deal with stress. These nutrients are also known to protect the brain from memory loss.
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Packed with protein, zinc and B12, Greek yogurt is a great snack for providing nutrients to support nervous system health and ensure an intake of a wide variety of protein sources.
In addition to consuming these foods to combat dips in energy levels this fall, be sure to continue being active since exercise is a major contributor to maintaining energy and mood.