13 does not sounds like a happy number, right? None the less, the New Year has already rolled in and most of us have already moved into our offices and work places to carry out our regular activities. Celebrations are already done and regular life and the stress and worries it brings have started to make us feel down already. Thirteen or not, life is always busy and full of stress – less time for fun and more time for work.
Let’s not worry about the number anymore and start working towards making this 13 a happy and healthy year.
To make you happy in 2013, we have compiled a list of 13 foods that boosts your mood and make you happy.
Walnuts – Who does not like walnuts? We can all agree that it is Tasty and full of – the all-powerful omega3 fatty acids which, apart from other health benefits, boosts mood exponentially.
Carrots – This root vegetable is great for health, eat it raw or cook it, juice it or boil it, whichever way you want to eat it – it is your choice, as the health content of carrot it huge. The vitamin biotin, which is available in carrots, is thought to lift moods and help remove fatigue.
Parsley – This is a great food for the brain, makes you more present minded by increasing your alertness. A happy and healthy brain is the base for you’re over all happiness.
Strawberries – This particular type of berry is perhaps the most helpful one when it comes to improving our mood.
Chocolate – Now, this does not need introduction. If you eat chocolate, you will be happy. However, when it comes to getting euphoria, chocolate does it the best.
Ice-cream – Again, we all know ice cream can make us happy, this is mainly due to the fact that ice cream comes from milk which is rich in protein, vitamin a, calcium etc.
Bananas – It is rich in potassium, which is good for keeping a healthy nerve. The naturally available sugar of banana is many times better than the artificial ones available, making it a great mood booster.
Oranges – This is an excellent option if you are looking for anti-oxidants. Also, it is rich in vitamin c, vitamin b and flavonoids – which makes it a good food to keep us happy.
Yogurt – This is one of the healthiest foods available on this list. Being a pro-biotic, yogurt helps in keeping a healthy stomach. Rich in calcium, protein, makes it a very healthy food that makes us happy.
Honey – Honey can be used as an alternative to artificial sugars, and perhaps it is the best alternative we got. Apart from the excellent taste, it is also a natural anti-depressant.
Tomatoes – This vegetable is rich in antioxidant Lycopene, which helps in keeping a healthy brain, thus making you an overall happy person.
Eggs – Rich in protein, zinc, omega3 fatty acids etc. eggs are not only good for health, but it also keeps your stomach full for a longer time.
Coconut – Eat the white stuff in the inside of the coconut for a very happy mood. The stored ones with added stuffs are usually not good, try eating the naturally available coconut for better health.
About the Guest Blogger – Author is a health enthusiast who likes to eat healthy food, do regular exercise and yoga. When it comes to happiness, mental peace is equally important and one of those ways to keep a happy and peaceful mind is to have Aviva Health. Change your lifestyle, do the good things and stay healthy.
You may not believe it, but your diet can seriously affect how much pleasure you get out of life.
I’ll say that again. What you eat affects your mood.
The science behind the claim
There are chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters which pass on information between parts of the brain. One of the most important neurotransmitters for transmitting pleasure, motivation and excitement is dopamine.
Dopamine also helps to control motor functions, hormone regulation, the immune system, and blood circulation, so it is essential to our general well-being. A low level of dopamine can cause a number of medical and psychological problems including lack of motivation, anhedonia (loss of feelings of pleasure), fatigue, bad circulation, weight gain, apathy and depression. Dopamine deficiency is sometimes treated with anti depressants, which may in themselves cause further problems including manic phases, suicidal thoughts, sleeplessness or drowsiness.
However, there is an alternative. Studies have shown that some foods are dopaminergic, in other words they increase the levels of dopamine in our system. So besides a generally healthy diet, there are specific foods you can eat which will increase your mood because they increase the levels of dopamine.
Food for your mood
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To increase your mood, you should focus on foods from ALL of the following groups. If you only focus on foods from one group, it could be detrimental to your health, and it will also make your diet extremely boring.
1. Dopaminergic foods – Foods which contain high levels of tyrosine are dopaminergic. These include soy products such as miso, tempeh, natto and fuyu, as well as products such as avocados, almonds, spirulina and organic eggs and dairy.
2. Whole foods – Whole grains such as whole wheat, barley, oats etc. These are much better for you than refined grains. If you eat bread or cereal for example, check that the grains used are whole grain. Also, use unrefined, whole rice and pasta. It should say on the packaging if the product is made from whole grain. Manufacturers are starting to realize the importance of whole grains now so tend to advertise this fact more.
3. Fruit and vegetables – These are really important in a diet. Try to include a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet, and buy organic where possible. Organic products will not have used any harmful chemicals in the growing or production process so are generally much better for you.
Fruit and vegetables are rich in fiber, and also in vitamins. It is important to remember that many nutrients can disappear if you overcook them so try and eat raw or lightly steamed vegetables rather than ones which have been cooked for a long time.
4. Protein – Everyone needs protein in their diet, but not everyone wants to eat meat. There are other sources of protein available which are also mood enhancing foods, such as lentils and beans. If you are unsure what to do with these, then there is a vast range of recipes on-line for you to try.
5. Supplements – There are some supplements which specifically treat low dopamine levels, such as L tyrosine, Mucuna pruriens, Rhodiola and Green Tea. Omega 3 fats are also needed by the body to produce neurotransmitters. One popular way to get Omega 3 is in fish oils, but it can be taken as a supplement if you don’t get enough Omega 3 in your natural diet, or you don’t want to eat fish.
Other ways to improve your mood
Besides a healthy diet, one of the most important ways to improve your mood and increase the amount of pleasure you can get from life, is by exercising.
Exercise releases a chemical similar to dopamine, and this is why people often feel on such a “high” when they’ve been to the gym or participated in sport or exercise.
There are so many different exercise programs available but I personally found that the p90x DVDs were fantastic. I couldn’t believe how good I felt afterwards. And with my healthy diet, I’ve noticed a difference physically as well as mentally.
Of course if you are going to invest in exercise equipment to use with an exercise program then you want to make sure you are getting the most suitable equipment. I looked at a few adjustable dumbbell reviews to find the most suitable ones to use with the DVDs in my home gym, and was really pleased with what I got.
Relaxation is also very important to keep yourself on an even level mentally and physically, and it shouldn’t be neglected. Whether you take time out to have a long hot bath with candles and soft music, or whether you meditate, paint, or cook to relax, you should take time out every day to forget whatever troubles you have.
I hope this article has given you some good advice, and that you can help yourself to enjoy life a little more. After all, life is there to be enjoyed, and always remember the old saying: “variety is the spice of life, and the mother of enjoyment”, keep a broad mind for new experiences too.
Have you got any tips to share?
About the Guest Blogger -Derek Carroll has his own website at wise-buyers.com, where he offers reviews of health and fitness products like the P90X schedule and the popular Bowflex Selecttech dumbbells. He lives with his wife and two kids in Northern Ireland where he enjoys listening to music and finding everything positive that life can offer.
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