1 – Complex Carbs
Carbs increase levels of tryptophan, an amino acid used to make serotonin( a mood-lifting brain chemical). Unlike simple carbs such as sugar, complex carbs like whole-grain cereal and pasta digest slowly, offering a steady supply of tryptophan.
2 – B Vitamins
You need vitamin B6 (found in foods like pistachios and walnuts) and vitamin B12 (found in meat, shellfish, dairy and eggs) to convert tryptophan into serotonin.
3 – Omega-3s
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps inhibit the spike of stress hormones. Aim to eat two servings per week of salmon, tuna or products fortified with fatty acid DHA.
4 – Black Tea
According to British researchers, people who drink black tea for six weeks feel calmer and have lower levels of cortisol after stressful situations.