Studies have found that these options can help contribute to a healthy mental state, buffer against the harmful physical effects of stress, and dial up your serenity level.
1. Green leafy veggies
Think spinach, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, broccoli rabe, mustard greens: They’re rich in folate, which helps your body manufacture neurotransmitters (like serotonin and dopamine) that help regulate mood.
The key ingredient here is L-tryptophan, an amino acid your body needs for generating the neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a role in regulating your mood. L-tryptophan is found in most foods that contain protein (with the exception of gelatin), but turkey contains a significant amount.