Ingesting Happiness: Food Rich in Tryptophan and Probiotics


Nobody wants to stay submerged in that murky sea of sadness. We all want to feel better! But no matter how festive the events happening around us are, we would never be able to absorb all those positive vibes if we do not have the internal capacity to do so.

MANGO ICE CREAM! My comfort food! The luscious taste of mango as it melts inside my mouth makes me feel so happy. It’s as if I could hear the sound of angels singing. However, it only provides short-term relief. It doesn’t have the long-term effects that antidepressant drugs offer.

Eating generally makes us feel happy. But it is better if we are literally ingesting happiness than just experiencing the temporary calm feeling brought about by our comfort food.

Just like energy, our mood is being fueled by the food that we eat. Tryptophan is the main ingredient of a mood-booster diet.

However, tryptophan is not the happy hormone. It is actually an amino acid which is responsible in making serotonin, the happy hormone which is not really a hormone. It’s actually a neurotransmitter. But I’m not here to teach you about brain chemicals and how they affect our emotions.

Let’s make this short and simple. We need to eat food rich in tryptophan to have more serotonin or happiness inside our system.

Here is a list of foods rich in tryptophan:

  1. Milk
  2. Yogurt
  3. Cottage cheese
  4. Peanuts
  5. Oats
  6. Chocolates
  7. Red meat
  8. Eggs
  9. Almonds
  10. Fish
  11. Poultry (chicken, turkey, goose)
  12. Sunflower seeds
  13. Dried dates
  14. Pumpkin seeds
  15. Spirulina
  16. Buckwheat
  17. Banana
  18. Pineapples
  19. Tofu

However, it is important that our gut is healthy enough to digest all these happiness that we ingest. Ingestion is just the first part. We need to make sure that we have enough probiotics to help our stomach digest and absorb all the tryptophan that we just ate or else they would all just form into shit and get flushed out of our system.

Here is a list of foods rich in probiotics:

  1. Kimchi
  2. Miso
  3. Yogurt
  4. Pickles
  5. Kefir
  6. Sauerkraut
  7. Kombucha

Eating healthy generally helps us. But it is better if we know what type of diet is best for our condition. If you didn’t know about serotonin, tryptophan and probiotics, would you add more kimchi, pumpkin seeds and cottage cheese in your diet? Nah, I didn’t think so.

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