Though we knew all along that chocolate makes us happier in life, it is now generally agreed in the scientific community that there are indeed foods that make you happy! The list includes beneficial foods like quinoa and green tea. But you know what? If this is about happiness, let us leave out the foods that make you groan on the inside (however great they may be!)
Here we are focusing on 6 foods that are not only proven to make you happy, but those that will as well make you happy to even think about having them!
Needless to say, this is our favourite entry on the list. Not that you need a reason but dark chocolate (the darker the better) contains polyphenols that are known to boost your energy. In fact, there is one kind of polyphenol that is said to mimic marijuana in its mood-boosting ability. Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants that improve circulation and is also known to reduce the presence of cortisol – the stress hormone – in our bodies.
Walnuts, along with hazelnuts and almonds are a rich source of Alpha-linoleic Acids, a plant-based Omega-3. Women who have more ALA’s in their diet are known to be less depressed. Walnuts are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Having a handful of walnuts every day for a couple of weeks has been shown to significantly improve the levels of serotonin in the body – the feel-good chemical that puts you in a better mood and improves the quality of sleep, digestion and sexual function too.
Salmon is a known source of Omega-3 which lowers inflammation levels in the body and significantly improves your mood. It aids in the fight against depression. Also, Omega-3 fatty acids are known to make your hair healthier and shinier. Happy hair, happy you! While all Omega-3 is
healthy, the EPAs and DHAs found in salmon, tuna and other fatty fish are the most beneficial. People who are moody and depressed are found to have low levels of EPAs and DHAs.
Berries are superfoods that slow down brain aging. The anthocyanin found in berries, while giving them their super-luscious colours, also blocks enzymes that can affect the normal communication between brain cells. Some berries also contain a chemical that is similar to Valproic Acid, a
prescription drug used for mood-stabilisation. Different berries have different levels of these chemicals so have a colourful mix in your bowl.
If you have only considered the protein in egg whites thus far, it is time to pay more attention to the yolk. It is the yolk that contains choline, a substance that boosts memory. Eggs also contain mood boosting Omega
3, Zinc, Vitamin B and iodides. Look for the most natural, free range eggs you can lay your hands on for the best results.
You know you need your regular cuppa to get you ready to face the day. But did you know coffee also boosts the production of neurotransmitters in the body including serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, making it a mild anti-depressant? Don’t go for decaf – firstly, it is not real coffee. Secondly, it is caffeinated coffee that can not only boost your mood but also improve your memory. Two or three cups are found to be the ideal dose.