“Happiness is not out there, it’s in you.” This saying can be more literal than you think. Apart from the obvious psychological implications of the statement, recent research shows that the food we eat can in fact affect our happiness levels. Eating more fruit and vegetables can contribute to one’s overall happiness. What proof is there and specific fruits and vegetables are known to make you happier?
A number of studies have been conducted to try and prove the relationship between healthy food and emotional satisfaction. Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK worked on a study involving 12,000 adults. The participants kept food diaries and were questioned regarding their lifestyles and mental health. After two years, those who consumed up to eight portions of fruits and vegetable a day felt more satisfied than the others. It is no wonder that countries with diets that include more vegetables are known to be happier than those who have unhealthier food choices.
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This being the case, let’s now look at some of the contents of fruits and vegetables that contribute to the reason behind increased happiness.
This is found in broccoli, grapes, and potatoes to mention a few. This mineral helps the body to regulate insulin and increase metabolism. By increasing the brains production of serotonin, it gives you a better mood and reduces the chance of depression.
This is another mineral that contributes to the serotonin levels in your brain. This in turn regulates mood behavior and is usually combined with vitamin B12 to treat depression. Vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and black eyed peas all are good sources of folate.
Low levels of iron in the body is what causes feelings of fatigue, apathy and depression. Women require more iron than men especially middle age women. Some sources of iron include soybeans, lentils and oatmeal.
Most commonly found in tomatoes, lycopene is an natural antioxidant that reduces the chances of getting cancer and improves overall health.
Berries are commonly called super fruits that enhance the brains ability to think and process information faster. This increases productivity which in turn makes you feel satisfied and content.
Simple modifications in your lifestyle habits can be the secret to your happiness. There is no need to undergo any king of therapy or end up taking depressants. Eat yourself to happiness by increasing your portion of fruits and vegetables.