Wellness Wednesday: The Happy Helper

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Happy Hump Day Everyone! Did you know that exercise releases endorphins? Of course you did!… But did you also know that there are foods that can help increase you happy also. I saw this article of six happy foods that increase your mood and thought I would share it. The list includes dark chocolate, greek yogurt, walnuts, salmon, bananas, and turkey. I this particular article very information, and I actually learned some things that I never knew before. So the next time you eat any of these foods take notice, you just may feel a change in your mood thanks to endorphins… the happy helper. Enjoy.

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A Daily Dose of Endorphins: Six Happy Foods to Boost Your Surly Mood

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By Leslie Kramer

It’s true–You can’t buy happiness. But you can definitely walk down to the supermarket and buy some super food that can raise your spirits and give you an instant dose of happiness! Here is a list of foods that not only taste good, but are also healthy and give a natural boost to your happy hormones!

Dark Chocolate

Yes, as you guessed, dark chocolate in undoubtedly the ultimate comfort food making millions happy across the globe. Dark chocolate contains high levels of phenylalanine which is known to be an effective anti-depressant since it enhances the production of mood-elevating chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It also creates phenylethylamine (PEA) – the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love, and encourages your brain to release endorphins, making you feel happier. What’s more, dark chocolate is also high in vitamin and minerals such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron that boost your health. Do you need any more excuses to gorge on your favorite dark chocolate bar?

Greek Yogurt

Want to have a happy day? Sure. How about a few scoops of Greek yogurt to give you your daily dose of happiness? Yes, Greek yogurt is known to be packed with more calcium than you can find in regular yogurt or even milk! Besides, Greek yogurt also has double the protein amount and half the sugar content of plain yogurt, so that’s another reason which makes it the best yogurt ever. A proper calcium and protein level is also known to help the brain release feel-good neurotransmitters that boost your mood and make you feel happier. Irritability, anxiety, and depression are known to be caused by low levels of calcium. So the next time you feel nervous, irritable, or agitated, you know a bowl of delicious Greek yogurt can fix you up.

Walnuts

If there are any nuts you should be reaching out to for a boost of happiness, it’s got to be walnuts. Yes, that’s right, crunching on a handful of walnuts will give your mood a boost. Walnuts are known to be packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which have the ability to raise your spirits and leave you feeling chipper. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help you ease anger and boost your happiness levels. Walnuts are also known to be a good source of vitamin B6, tryptophan, and folate (vitamin B9) which helps fight depression. It has also been proved that walnuts are good for healthy bones and teeth, and promote the function of insulin in the body. If that wasn’t enough, research has shown that walnuts contain antioxidants that boost neural connections, enhance memory, and improve puzzle-solving abilities as well as math skills. So the next time you’re trying to solve a difficult Sudoku, crunching on walnuts might help!

Salmon

Don’t go searching for happiness; fish for it! Yes, you heard it right. Believe it or not, eating salmon at least once a week can be a great source of development of the brain and the nervous system. Salmon is a heart-healthy fish that is known to be packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, as well as vitamin B12. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure and cholesterol, fight depression, enhance memory, and improve focus. Salmon contains nutrients that increase the levels of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain – perfect for individuals suffering from depression. Whether you have it baked, boiled, grilled, in a salad, or even with rice or pasta, salmon is great for an added boost of serotonin.

Bananas

Yes, this list also has a super food that can make fruit lovers happy. Perhaps one of the handiest fruits to eat while commuting, working, or even at home as a snack or dessert, a banana is a great way to kickstart your day. Bananas are packed with a host of minerals, amino acids and vitamins such as potassium, tryptophan, B vitamins, phosphorous, fiber, iron, and magnesium. These work great for energy, digestion, depression, anxiety, development of the nervous system, stress, and mood-elevation. The vitamin B6 releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin in the brain that reduce the symptoms of depression.

Turkey

Don’t fancy eating salmon for happiness? No problem, try turkey! Yes, you needn’t wait till Christmas or thanksgiving to eat turkey. Turkey and chicken are known to be a rich source of tryptophan, a vital nutrient that is essential for the production of serotonin which is a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter. Also known as the “feel-good” hormone, serotonin contributes majorly towards the happiness factor. Turkey is also known to contain another amino acid called tyrosine which helps combat symptoms of depression and stress. Need more reasons to gorge on a turkey breast?

Read more at http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/11/22/food-health/daily-dose-endorphins-six-happy-foods-boost-surly-mood/#18150qhBi0iShuJk.99

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