Foods to Keep You Happy While You’re in Pain

Rest & Recovery can be aided with healthy and delicious options.

Most of us have heard of the “happy chemical” otherwise known as Serotonin. Serotonin is what is called a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical in your brain that stimulates specific brain cells to activate. Activation of serotonin regulates mood, appetite and sleep. What most people don’t know however is that 90% of serotonin is produced in your stomach!

To help boost your positivity while you’re in pain, we have broken down 3 key ways to supplement your SpiderTech tape treatment to stay happy! While you’re taping up, make sure to eat…

Foods high in B6

Vitamin B6 is a in the B vitamin family, known to facilitate the breakdown of macromolecules into energy. It has a significant impact on the production of serotonin thereby making it a precursor to the “happy chemical”!

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Grass-fed beef

Foods rich in probiotics

Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your gut. They serve to help break down foods, support the immune system, and ward off the bad They are also key players in the production of serotonin in the digestive tract.

  • Probiotics are most commonly found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and apple cider vinegar (great for salad dressings)
  • Yogurt
  • Or if you can’t seem to find fermented food, taking a high quality probiotic supplement can work as well

Foods high in Tryptophan

Tryptophan is another neurotransmitter, which functions as a precursor to serotonin production. It is also a precursor to melatonin (the sleep promoting neurotransmitter) – double win! Foods high in tryptophan are

  • Eggs
  • Turkey
  • Wild caught salmon
  • Pineapple

Anything we missed? What works best for you? Let us know in the comments!

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