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Your Prescription: Get Some Carbs with Your Tryptophan Fix

Shoot for about 320 milligrams of tryptophan a day; you'll find more than enough in 4 ounces of chicken or a cup of soybeans.

Turbo-boost the trypto-charge: Add in carbs. Research shows that eating the equivalent of one slice of whole-grain toast or a few graham crackers causes the body to release insulin, which in turn increases the amount of tryptophan that gets into your brain. The ideal serotonin snack: turkey in a whole-wheat wrap.

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