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Health.com: 6 New Ways to Boost Your Mood with Food

Your Prescription: Caffeine In Moderation

One possible reason: Caffeine triggers the release of the brain chemical dopamine—important for sharpening focus and improving your outlook. "Coffee also contains plant-based nutrients that function much like a class of drugs that are used to treat depression," Dr. Ramsey says. Of course, he points out, caffeine doesn't affect everyone in the same way, so cut back on java or other caffeinated drinks if you start to get the jitters or sleep poorly. You should also beware the 12 Surprising Sources of Caffeine.

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