A bar of chocolate helps with heartache, a large, spicy burger helps with frustration, and when we are in love, we are often not even hungry. Depending on our mood, we have an appetite for certain foods or no appetite at all. So there must be a direct connection between our psyche and our diet. But is it possible to boost and positively influence our state of mind with certain foods? Or even counteract depression?
Scientists have looked into these questions in numerous studies and found that certain foods contain nutrients that can stimulate the production of neurotransmitters, the so-called “happiness hormones” such as serotonin and dopamine, in the brain.
A lack of these hormones can lead to depression. Depressed people have an average serotonin level reduction of 50%, but this is certainly not solely due to diet.
But what foods contain the nutrients that are supposed to boost the production of “happiness hormones”?