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Beat the January blues with protein

If you’re feeling depressed or low in motivation it may be that you don’t have enough feel-good chemicals in your brain.  We need sufficient levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin to help us feel happy and enough noradrenalin to keep us feeling motivated.  By eating a diet rich in the right nutrients you can boost levels of these neurotransmitters and therefore boost your mood naturally.  

Serotonin is produced from the amino acid tryptophan and therefore eating foods rich in tryptophan is an important first step in raising serotonin levels.  Excellent sources of tryptophan include oats, tofu, eggs, fish, beans, turkey and chicken. 

Noradrenalin is produced from the amino acids phenylalanine and tyrosine, and therefore eating foods rich in these amino acids are ideal for helping to raise noradrenalin levels.  Excellent food sources include almonds, butter beans, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats, fish, eggs, meat, soya and poultry.

Therefore to help keep the January blues away, try to increase your protein intake with these amino acid rich foods, so that you can bounce out of January and into February!


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