The days are finally getting longer and we’re getting a little more sunshine in my little corner of the universe. My inner cheerleader is doing cartwheels. My inner editor is tapping her foot and my muse wants to go out and play—probably because the weather could turn on a dime and she'd once again be stuck with a grouchy writer who is tired of winter.
About ten years ago, a friend of mine told me that her doctor suggested eating a Hershey bar every day to up her serotonin levels and elevate her mood during the winter when there wasn’t as much light. I know dark chocolate is good for your heart but milk chocolate?
I happened to be watching The Food Hospital last night and may have found out why. Tryptophan, an amino acid contained in milk is needed to make serotonin, the feel good chemical that signals the brain to be happy http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232248.php
Who hasn’t heard that chicken soup cures a cold? An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties? Sometimes, it’s difficult to separate the truth from hype but unless you’re allergic or have some dietary restriction, why not use food as your first line of defense?
I plan on adding milk chocolate bars to my grocery list this week, because I never know when the clouds might roll in again. My muse will thank me--or at least speak to me. I need to be prepared.
Have a Happy Heart Day!