Your diet has a tremendous effect on your overall health and wellbeing; especially during the winter months, when the blues are in the air, and the likelihood for depression is on the rise.
The good news is that happiness is within your reach right now. It really is possible to boost your happiness with the soul-nourishing foods. You just need to know which ones to put in your shopping cart.
Of course, you’ve got to adopt happiness-promoting habits like endorphin-stimulating exercise and sleep consistency. However, if you need a quick lift and something to help you stay happy, then the following foods are a great addition to your day.
Nuts are “nature’s multivitamins” because they contain a lot of trace nutrients.
Walnuts, in particular, are high in oleic acid, which is linked to decreased risk of depression.
Walnuts have lots of digestion-promoting fibre to give you a healthy gut, which is essential in making sure the nutrients in your food make it to your brain.
2. Organic Eggs
These are rich in choline, which forms part of every cell membrane, including the neurotransmitter receptor cells. Improved cellular integrity enhances your happiness and pleasure signals.
3. Probiotic-rich Foods
Did you know that your gut bacteria can be mind-altering? This is because the type and amount of bacteria in your digestive tract impacts your mood. Scientists even have a name for it: the gut-brain axis, or the communication highway between the GI tract and the brain, and it’s fascinating.
To reap the benefits, stock up on probiotic-rich fermented foods including kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir or, consider popping a probiotic supplement.
4. Dark Chocolate
The antioxidants in dark chocolate can trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. That may be why one study found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate daily for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people who rated themselves as highly stressed. Dark chocolate also contains magnesium, a mineral that has been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms, including fatigue, depression, and irritability. Finally, dark chocolates unique natural substances trigger a sense of euphoria that is similar to the feeling of being in love!
If the thought of drinking red wine makes you happy, you’re not alone. Regular, limited consumption of red wine has been linked to a lower risk of depression. However, the key question is: ‘how much wine is ok?’ The World Health Organization recommends a low-risk alcohol consumption of no more than two standard drinks per day with at least two non-drinking days during the week.
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