Famously associated with turkey, tryptophan is also found in cheese … Carbs can also boost serotonin levels, which can improve your mood, and chocolate, too, is linked to a serotonin spike.” Comfort Foods Lower Cortisol Levels in Highly Stressed Individuals According to the experts on eating disorders interviewed by Huffington Post, emotional eating is primarily triggered by stress and boredom.
A low-fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols (FODMAP) diet, which is very low in prebiotic-rich vegetables and fruits that feed bacteria, has been shown to resurrect serotonin cell density in the gut, as well as peptide YY (PYY) cells in the gut, thereby helping patients to recover from digestive maladies such as SIBO.
If your craving can only be satisfied by chocolate, you may be stressed, and chocolate may be a "cure." According to a study conducted by the American Chemical Society and published in the Journal of Preteome Research, eating about an ounce-and-a-half of dark chocolate daily for two weeks increased levels of the "feel good" chemicals, serotonin and dopamine, and reduced the levels of stress hormones in people who were highly stressed.
In a study published in the medical journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, researchers attributed lavender essential oil as an antidepressant because of its ability to regulate the brain messenger known as serotonin — the “feel-good” chemical that is often out of balance in people suffering from depression.