Serotonin and norepinephrine: the endorphins of happiness

May 18, 2009

Health & Motivation

Chocolate for most is an instant source of happiness. Some say that delicious foods keep your spirits high. The bad news is that all the foods that make you feel good are most likely also making you fat. The good news is that there are foods that also boost your morale and don’t get packed on your hips. This is the ideal combination in my opinion.

What is the link between eating and happiness?

In your brain, the communication between the brain cells is made possible with the help of two chemical substances or endorphins. These endorphins are serotonin and norepinephrine. Both endorphins help create your mood, making you feel good or bad. When the level of serotonin and norepinephrine gets too low depression makes its appearance, bringing with it anxiety and panic attacks. Did you know that stopping eating sugar, drinking coffee and smoking helps your body regain its hormonal balance faster? In theory all you have to do to be happy all the time is to keep the level of the two endorphins as high as possible all the time. That way happiness is a sure thing. But that’s theory. Usually depression sets in when vitamins C and B aren’t found in the body. Also if you feel tired all the time regardless of how much sleep you get you might have a lack o minerals in your organism, especially iodine and potassium.


Usually the foods we chose to eat when we feel down have a direct link to the food we used to eat in our childhood. The foods that we had eaten when we were happy bring into our gloomy days the rays of happiness of the old days. Sweets are heavily endowed with happy feelings and are also bad for your weight.

The good news is that you are allowed to eat something sweet when you feel down. But after indulging the sweet delight eat some foods that contain cellulose like cereals, and apple or vegetables.

Find out What feel good food you can eat without gaining weight.

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