Everyone wants to be confident. Go to a bookstore, supermarket, anywhere, you’ll find loads and loads of bookshelves stacked with books on how to increase your confidence, how to get slimmer, how to look more attractive. Not surprisingly, people make money every day by selling fabricated lies to vulnerable people on how to become more confident. People spend so much money on worthless sessions and courses to increase their confidence. So if you’re going through a similar phase, feel like you’re down in the dumps, then don’t do anything worthless or unproductive. Did you know there are foods that work as confidence boosters? Yes! Don’t you get excited and feel happy after eating a bar of chocolate? So look no further than your kitchen whenever you feel doubtful or uncertain about something. Although having these foods may not instantly show results, but I can assure you that over time you will see results. Did you know foods containing amino acid tryptophan have shown to increase confidence? It boosts levels of serotonin which is a chemical that your brain releases and which makes you feel good about yourself. So don’t get forget to stock up these super foods, the next time you go grocery shopping. They not only boost confidence but also make you feel great.
10. Dark Chocolate
Yes, you read that right. Chocolate does a pretty nice job of making a lot of people happy. It has long been associated with love and being in love. Simply having a bar of chocolate can make you happy and a happy person is a confident person. How does chocolate make you happy? First of all, it is a comfort food, which alone can have a different psychological effect on the brain; secondly, it consists of endorphins, which make you feel good. Phenylethylamine, also known as the ‘love drug’ and hallucinogen found in chocolate release serotonin, which in turn can boost confidence levels. Chocolate can reduce several hormones that cause stress and anxiety. However the key is to go for dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the better. That however does not mean having every single chocolate in sight. That might not be too good for your waistline, since chocolate bars are so high in sugar. So if you’re feeling down, simply grab a small bar and that will instantly perk you up.
Well, if having a cube of cheese every now and then is your guilty pleasure, then there is good news for you. Cheese has long been known to make people happy. It might be fattening in large quantities and sometimes difficult to digest but who can resist the creamy, smooth and crumbly flavor of this amazing dairy product. Why have I included this in the confidence boosting foods? Well, basically, zinc is the most important property when it comes to fighting depression and cheese is considered to a good source of zinc. Your body does not produce enough zinc so having some cheese every now and then can improve your condition to some extent. How can you be confident, if you suffer from low self-esteem or depression? Whilst I do not profess that cheese can cure depression, it certainly can improve it. However, it best to practice portion control when it comes to having cheese on a regular basis.
Certain herbs like garlic, sage, lavender, lemon balm have shown to have a positive effect on the mind and spirit. Garlic, or the world’s healthiest food, the stinking rose, has several health benefits. It’s used in cooking, treating heart ailments, losing weight, keeping blood pressure under control. Not only this, but studies have shown that high and regular intake of garlic reduces virtually all chances of having cancer. Although you might end up having stinky breath but a little garlic can work wonders. It stimulates the brain and has a positive effect on brain functioning, increasing your alertness and energy levels. So having a bit of garlic from time to time is good, never mind the pungent odor. Lavender is considered to be an anti-depressant and stress relieving. Lemon balm is another brain nourishing herb that is a good anti-depressant. All these natural herbs have a positive effect on the brain and that in turn can obviously work as a confidence booster, since most of it is psychological.
7. Nuts and Legumes
Nuts and legumes are considered to have generous portions of serotonin. Nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews, flaxseeds, sunflower, pumpkins and sesame seeds all increase levels of serotonin in the body. Walnuts contain essential omega fats, protein and fiber as well as antioxidants that improve the neural connection and the health of the brain which in turn makes your more active and alert. Then there are almonds that provide fiber, magnesium and vitamin E, which in turn improves your general well-being. Peanuts are another good source of tryptophan which serves as a precursor for serotonin. Don’t go for salted, fried or roasted peanuts. Natural skinned, shelled or blanched peanuts are the best. If you love peanut butter, then put some of it some a bagel or a muffin because that can instantly boost serotonin levels. The key again, here is moderation.
Fruits like bananas, kiwis, pineapples, grapefruits and mango are all great sources of serotonin. They have a high serum concentration which is very useful in serotonin production. Bananas and pineapples are considered to be the richest sources of this confidence boosting nutrient. It’s always recommended having a banana if you feel weak or depressed. It provides energy and are loaded with potassium, magnesium and vitamin b. So the next time you feel like you need a boost of confidence, go have a banana. It is nutritious and healthy. Not only that but banana face packs are known to instantly light up your face. How’s that for a boost of confidence? Again, a healthy brain is the best confidence booster.
Also known as an aphrodisiac, asparagus can instantly put you in the mood. Asparagus is known to have high levels of tryptophan and folate. Low levels of folate have been linked to depression. People usually rely on pills for folate. But what’s better than asparagus? This pencil-sized vegetable is packed with nutrients such as vitamin e, which is great for your skin, folate, which is important for reproductive health as well as antioxidants that help fight the aging process. What more do you need to boost confidence? Having smooth skin, looking great even in your 60’s, well that’s what this vegetable offers. On another note, asparagus can increase the ability to reach orgasm in both men and women, and that is obviously a great confidence booster. It can also be eaten to improve and stabilize mood. Try to have some of it with eggs for breakfast. It’s a great way to start your day.
Know that feeling of fullness and content that comes after having a good turkey dinner? Well that’s because turkey has high levels of tryptophan. It also provides protein and serotonin, and it is also rich in essential fats. If you’re a hard core carnivore, try to have some turkey. It instantly lifts your spirits and stabilizes the mood. It is not only nutritious and tasty, it also makes you happy. However, having turkey with a serotonin boosting snack is important like a wheat bagel with some honey drizzled on it. So the next time you feel like having a snack, instead of gorging on empty carbohydrates and taking the easy way out, Try to have a turkey sandwich made with whole wheat bread. It’s healthy, low in calories, tasty and has serotonin that feel good hormone, which is what you need.
This may be good news for chicken outlets. In a study conducted by McGill University, researchers decided that people should eat chicken, nuts and cheese to feel more confident. It may seem odd, but they came to the conclusion that these foods contain amino acid, and that is what made the people happy and more relaxed. Chicken also contains tryptophan a hormonal chemical that boosts the production of serotonin, a confidence boosting hormone. So go ahead and order that chicken sandwich or burger. But remember, grilled, boiled or baked chicken is always better than fried or roasted. People usually feel more confident when they stay slim and trim, so that won’t happen if you’re wolfing down chicken sandwiches every hour or so. The key is portion control.
Fish like salmon, tuna, sardine and herring are great sources of serotonin. Fatty fish like salmon contain essential fats like DHA, which alters the composition of nerve cell membrane which in turn reduces symptoms of depression. No wonder, salmon seems to be the preferred choice of dieticians and nutritionists all over the world. Salmon is also a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids which improve the brain and keep your healthy and smiling. However, a lot of people today worry about mercury poisoning and steer clear of these fishes. So it’s best to take a fish oil supplement instead. It works just as well.
1. Green leafy Vegetables
What better way to look and feel more confident than having the greens. They are healthy nutritious, tasty and fresh. Green vegetables like spinach are versatile with many health benefits, but it works wonders for your mental health as well. It is a rich source of serotonin, iron as well as folic acid. Folic acid improves the health of red blood cells and immunity which in turn can prevent you from disease. Studies have shown that the more folic acid present, the more serotonin produced. You also have vegetables like beans, cabbage and cauliflower to boost serotonin levels. What is more appealing than the sight of a tasty palate of green vegetables? If you’re healthy, you’re confident. It works both ways.