Foods that can literally make you happy
Most people will agree that food makes them happy – but did you know that there is real science behind it? Some foods can really boost your mood and I want to share a few of them with you. It’s worth noting that our gut is our second brain so when we take care of it by eating a healthy diet we will feel a lot better overall. It is estimated that 90% of our serotonin production is in our digestive system so let’s feel happy.
Here are some of my favorite mood-boosting foods …
Black chocolate. You may have felt that chocolate made you happy but now it has also been scientifically proven. It has been shown that eating dark chocolate every day lowers your stress hormone levels and therefore makes you happier. It’s not free to eat endless amounts of chocolate, but it won’t hurt a little piece – in fact, it can actually help!
Fruits and Vegges. All the nutrients, vitamins and minerals from a lifestyle filled with vegetables and fruits allow you to release neurotransmitters that make you happy.
Fatty fish Omega 3 which comes from fatty fish like wild salmon and tuna which your body needs to feel less stress with nutrition, makes it much more comfortable and happy. Another benefit of omega 3 is its strong anti-inflammatory properties. If it helps you reduce pain which is an added bonus to boost your mood.
Saffron. Have you heard of saffron before? Saffron is a spice from India. Studies have shown that just a little bit of saffron a day makes serotonin more available in the brain. Saffron has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of PMS.
In addition to eating mood-boosting foods, you can try regular exercise to further enhance your mood. Endorphins released during exercise have a strong effect that can last all day and set you up for success. Another great exercise to boost your mood is to keep a daily gratitude journal. Write at least 3 things every day that you are grateful for and think about them really deeply. When we are in a state of gratitude, it completely transforms our outlook and mood.