Irritable? Grab some chocolate!

Written on 11/20/2019
Jamie Gilliam

Chocolate is fun!  Everybody loves chocolate, right?  Did you know it can help with irritability? 

How much? A small amount will do: Try four Hershey's Kisses when moodiness hits or grab a small piece of dark chocolate. 

Chocolate is full of the amino acid L-tryptophan, which can boost the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood. People who suffer from depression often have low serotonin levels.

What to avoid? Alcohol. While it may relax you initially, it's a depressant and will make your mood worse after a few hours and leading into the next day. If you do drink alcohol, be responsible and also drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.