The usual bad mood at the change of season? A little mental fatigue? Excessive nervousness from stress? But instead of running to lie down on the psychoanalyst\\\'s couch, rush to the nearest analysis laboratory holding a beautiful specimen of urine… Once you find a deficiency of one or more neurotransmitters, it\\\'s possible to intervene with the right foods to recreate a state of equilibrium…

That neurotransmitters affect our mood has long been known. 

What is important now is not to discover the psychological mechanisms that mark our mood swings, but to measure the neurotransmitters circulating in our blood, a group of substances (including serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine GABA...) that act on the nervous system in various ways: they make us feel relaxed, unleash aggression, wake up our defense and warning systems and improve concentration… 

The serenity switch: serotonin

The neurotransmitter that regulates sleep patterns, the pain threshold and the feeling of satiety. It is also the switch for calmness, serenity and balance. If you have a serotonin deficiency: always eat a lunch of pasta and rice, the foods most suitable for you.

The messenger of adventure: dopamine

The neurotransmitter stimulates us to be adventurous, to conquer and compete. Seeking gratification, even at the table. A dopamine deficiency, which often occurs in moments of stress, makes us feel tired, unmotivated, sad and apathetic. If you have a dopamine deficiency: meat and fish (but also cheese, eggs and cold cuts) are ideal for you.

A plateful of legumes, such as beans or lentils once or twice a week..

They are packed with proteins rich in tryptophan and phenylalanine, which are precursors of serotonin and dopamine.

Oily fish, such as mackerel, sardines or salmon once or twice a week.

These fish contain EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid, which studies have shown to be virtually as effective as Prozac in treating depressed patients.

Shellfish or organ meat, such as oysters, mussels, sea snails, shrimp, liver or kidney once a week.

These foods have high iron, zinc, copper and vitamin B6 content. This vitamin and mineral cocktail helps restore your body’s optimal proportion of dopamine and serotonin

Bon Appetit !


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Bonjour, my name is Cécile. I grew up in Provence between a grandmother creating perfumes and a naturopath mother. In this healthy and close upbringing, I learned how to listen to nature and discovered that our body is undoubtedly one of the greatest human resources. I’ve been a Parisian since I began my studies as a medical journalist. I discovered another world, fast and stressful but although exciting, where nature is too often absent. I started to divulge to my friends and readers, my secrets of youth or how to take charge of their health in order to get the most out of life. 

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Edita da RIZZOLI, Sophie la Parigina è una guida di stile moderna su PARIGI. Illustrata dai disegni di Alessandra Ceriani, completata da un elenco degli indirizzi preferiti dalla parigina e arricchita di ricette gastronomiche.


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Published by RIZZOLI New York, Sophie the Parisian'sis a modern life style guide about PARIS. Illustrated with color drawings, complemented by a list of Parisians' favorite locations and enriched with gastronomic recipes.

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