I always like to say you are what you eat and when it comes to choosing foods to balance your brain chemistry, the saying couldn’t be more correct. Your brain chemistry is what controls your mood, attitude, outlook, and mental focus. Poor brain chemistry can contribute to depression, mental illness, and even concerns such as eating disorders. It all has to do with neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for critical hormone productions, such as serotonin that controls your mood and appetite. If you’ve been feeling a bit out of balance lately, consider making some dietary changes to balance out your brain chemistry. Hopefully you’ll see relief, not to mention enjoy the delicious options you’ll be able to enjoy in the meantime.
1. Lean Protein
Lean protein is one of the best foods you can eat to balance your brain chemistry. It’s important to choose high-quality lean proteins, not poorly processed sources or animal proteins fed synthetic hormones or antibiotics. Lean protein contains critical amino acids such as tryptophan, among many others that help the body produce more serotonin, the feel good hormone. The best sources include fish, chicken, turkey, tofu, eggs and egg whites, whey protein isolate, low fat cottage cheese, and yogurt.