Many people would agree that food makes them happy – but did you know there’s actual science behind it? Some foods can truly boost your mood, and I wish to share a few of those with you. It’s important to note that our gut is our second brain so when we take care of it by eating a healthy diet we’ll feel a lot better overall. It’s estimated that 90% of our serotonin production is in our digestive tract so let’s get to feeling happy.
Dark chocolate. You might have felt like chocolate made you happier, but it’s been scientifically proven as well. It’s been shown that eating dark chocolate each day lowers your levels of stress hormones and therefore makes you happier. This is not a free pass to eat endless amounts of chocolate, but a little piece won’t hurt – in fact, it might actually help!
Fruits & Veggies. All of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that come from a lifestyle full of vegetables and fruits permits you to release neurotransmitters that make you happy. Therefore, integrating this rainbow of food into your life is great for your mood and health.
The omega 3’s that come from fatty fish such as wild salmon and lettuce provides your body with the nutrients it must feel less stressed, a lot more relaxed and happy. Another benefit of omega 3 is its strong anti inflammatory properties. If it helps you reduce pain that’s an added bonus to boost your mood.
Saffron. Perhaps you have heard of saffron before? Conducted research showed that just a small bit of saffron a day makes serotonin more available to the brain. Saffron has also been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms.
Along with eating mood-boosting foods, you could also make an effort to work out on a regular basis for more mood boosting benefits. The endorphins that are released during exercise have a strong effect that will last the entire day and put you up for success. Another great practice to boost your mood is by maintaining a daily gratitude journal. Every day write down at least 3 things you’re thankful for and actually think deeply about them. When we are in a state of gratitude it completely transforms our perspective and mood.
Enjoy your food, make healthy decisions and you’ll be happy!
If you are battling your mood, please seek medical care from a licensed medical practitioner. These tips should not take the place of medical aid.