Have you ever done any research, by reading information articles or by testing it in real life, about how much the food you eat affects your mood? I have (personally testing things out in my own life and being aware of how certain foods made me feel) and I think it’s no accident that since the advent of lots of processed food with added sugar in the Western diet, depression and other mood disorders have dramatically risen!
We look for ways to increase happiness in a variety of different ways when the simplest solution may be to change what we eat. I’ve often heard people say that’s too simple of a solution but I truly believe our diet plays a huge role in our happiness and how we feel from day to day.
Let’s look at a couple of key ingredients and nutrients that have been shown to directly affect our mood.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
I’m sure you’ve heard about this fatty acid that’s found in fatty fish and certain seeds and nuts. There’s another fatty acid called Omega 6 and from what I’ve read there’s an important balance between omega 3 and omega 6 that needs to happen. If you end up with way more omega 6 than omega 3 (which is often the case in a diet that consists of lots of processed foods), one of the side effects is depression.
For those that live in areas that don’t get a lot of sunshine, it’s not uncommon for them to suffer from the blues. The main reason for this is because of the lack of vitamin D. With the advent of strong sunscreen and a global health policy that warns us of sun exposure and cautions us to cover up or wear sunscreen, it’s no wonder that vitamin d deficiency has become a major problem that also happens to negatively affect our mood.
Being happy takes energy and a key ingredient in making sure we get the energy we need from our foods are B vitamins. This whole group of micronutrients is crucial in how energized we feel. Make sure you get plenty to feel your best.
Last but not least let’s talk about magnesium. This is starting to become more and more of an issue as our soils are magnesium depleted and less of this mineral makes it into our food. Lack of magnesium can cause insomnia and I don’t have to tell you how important a good night sleep is to your overall well-being.
While I’m not against supplements and vitamins to help replace nutrients your body is lacking, I think it’s important and a better long-term strategy to work on cleaning up your diet. The more processed foods you can cut out and replace with fresh fruits and vegetables, quality meats, and healthy fats the better. In other words, eat a healthy diet made up of real foods and you’ll start feeling better. I love following the Whole 30 way of eating.
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