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stanislav_lm 05-30-2012 03:01 AM

Dopamine and Serotonin, essential to mental well-being
Dopamine and Serotonine are extremely important chemicals required in the brain for the feelings of self-acceptance, social validation, and overall well-being. In order to insrease their levels there are certain foods that we have to keep eating, to make sure the body has enough of these vital to mental health substances.

- an article about different foodtypes according to the chemical
"Complex carbohydrates, the B vitamins, and omega-3 fats are food groups and nutrients that may alleviate mild depressive symptoms and help you to feel more alert, primarily by increasing the amount of circulating neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, in the brain."
"Foods. such as whole-wheat bread, pasta, potatoes, cereal and brown rice, are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin in the brain. Other nutrient-rich carbohydrate choices include starchy, root vegetables (such as sweet potatoes, corn and carrots)."
"These neurotransmitters (dopamine and norepinephrine) act as stimulating substances to the brain and can help perk you up by making you feel more alert and sharpening your thinking. In addition to meats and dairy products, other specific tyrosine-rich foods that help increase dopamine levels are almonds, avocados, bananas, lima beans, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds."
"Often, those who have been diagnosed with clinical depression have low levels of folate in their bloodstreams. Leafy green vegetables and starchy beans, such as chickpeas, kidney and black beans, are rich in folate, but it is easily destroyed by cooking. Enjoy your leafy greens [b]raw[b] as often as possible."
"Omega-3 fatty acids in fish also help trigger the production of serotonin."

- an article about ways other than nutrition, to keep the levels of those chemicals up.

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