FOOD & FITNESS / AUG. 23, 2014
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Eat Foods High in Tyrosine to Become Happier at Work

The effect of your mood upon your career spans broadly across the entire spectrum. Arrive at a job interview in a low mood and you kiss that opportunity goodbye. A meeting with the boss when in a particularly rotten mood could mean the end of a career. If you find your career ambitions constantly being thwarted by a chronic inability to maintain the proper level of elevated mood, the solution could be as simple as adding more tyrosine to your diet.

Tyrosine is one of the wealth of amino acids that the foundation of what is collectively termed protein. When you see the percentage of protein in a specific food listed on the nutrition label, what you are not seeing is that percentage of each amino acid. Some foods listed as high in protein may actually contain far less tyrosine than foods with a much lower protein percentage. When it comes to getting ahead at work by taking control of your moods, you need to look for protein high in tyrosine. Why? Because tyrosine is a major player in the biochemical process that raises the blood levels of norepinephrine, dopamine and epinephrine. Of course, that information is utterly meaningless if you don’t also know that norepinephrine, dopamine and epinephrine are so essential to mood that many anti-depressants target them to keep people from remaining depressed.

Science has not yet delivered the goods on exactly how tyrosine works to regulate these blood levels, but that information is inconsequential. It’s enough merely to know that tyrosine can affect your mood and that altering your diet to consume more tyrosine is certainly not going to make current matters worse.

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Consider the connection between caviar and the rich. Certainly it must help to keep your mood high if you never have to worry about money problems, but perhaps there is another reason why the rich seem so content. Caviar is a robust source of the kind of protein that is rich (pardon the pun) in tyrosine. You don’t even have to buy the really expensive types of caviar to take advantage of the benefit of tyrosine to provide a long-term alteration of your depressed moods that are hindering career advancements.

If you cannot afford even the less expensive varieties of caviar, but still want to enjoy seafood as the path to a better mood, try mullet. Mullet is certainly more blue-collar than caviar, but those enforced class distinctions disappear when it comes to tyrosine. Add some mullet to your diet a few times a week and the tyrosine levels in this protein-rich fish could help stimulate your ambition or at least lessen the dread you feel when heading to work every day.

You know that feeling of contentedness that follows the big meal on Thanksgiving Day? Not the tiredness, mind you, but the feeling of satisfaction. Such a mood that is peculiarly resistant to the many ravages of emotion that also occur on Thanksgiving is likely attributable to the big turkey you ate because turkey is the go-to poultry product for those who don’t care enough for seafood to get their tyrosine from the water. Quit waiting for the big holidays to roll around every year and start making turkey a regular part of your meal planning. Take a turkey sandwich to work a few times every week. The result will probably be that sense of content minus that feeling of bloated tiredness.

The bad news for beef lovers who want to experience a better mood on the job is that the source for the greatest amounts of tyrosine is found in the liver. Beef liver may not be your idea of good eats, but if you want to take full advantage of tyrosine’s mysterious influence on the chemicals in the brain capable of getting you up when you are most down, you will work hard to develop a love for liver.

 

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