You may know more than you think you do about the connection between mood and food. Have you ever been stressed out and turned to a carb-heavy meal for solace? Or felt down in the dumps and shared your sorrow with Ben and Jerry? On the other end of the spectrum, have you ever felt foggy-brained and sluggish and "medicated" yourself with a double espresso or a hunk of dark chocolate? Emotional eating is familiar to almost all of us, and they don't call it comfort food for nothing.
It turns out that there's a neurological basis for why some of us turn to an ice cream sundae for a little stress relief after a tense day at work. And it all has to do with the neurotransmitter known as serotonin.
You may be wondering how you can boost your levels of feel-good serotonin. If you're interested in a drug-free way of boosting your serotonin levels, you have four excellent options—all of which happen to have a positive effect on cardiovascular function, as well. They are exercise; exposure to sunlight; improving your mood through self-directed means, such as meditation or positive thinking; and diet.
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