Can food be a source of happiness?

Stay healthy | 2019

The difference between a healthy body and a weakened body lies in the daily choices we make, and our interaction with the outside world and our state of mind can be directly influenced by essential aspects such as nutrition.

What does an appropriate diet mean?

From the point of view of the body suitable functioning, the food we consume has the role of providing resources under the form of nutrients so that all processes should proceed properly. Too much food or low nutritional value of the food we eat can cause obesity or malnutrition, which in turn may cause diseases such as heart, diabetes or arthritis. The negative impact of incorrect diet is not only physical. The lack of certain minerals or vitamins in our body can influence our emotions or mood. Developing healthy eating habits is essential for a soft life, and if that is not enough, we need to use all the available mechanisms to keep ourselves healthy. Such an instrument may be a private health insurance.

How does our food influence our state of mind? 

Modern food has undergone a transition to products such as processed food and excess sugar, which does not help maintaining a healthy body. Their consumption does not bring benefits because it deprives the body of the nutrients they would need, causing at the same time disturbances of good mood.

Each food has specific nutritional components that influence our mood differently. Certain vitamins or minerals have an impact on serotonin, others help us concentrate better or be calmer. It is important to know these things and include varied dishes in our diet.

Some foods influence the feeling of happiness such as: asparagus, beans, peas, meat, fish, egg yolk due to folic acid content and vitamins B6 and B12. These decrease the rate of depression, keep the low level of homocysteine and help the adrenal gland to produce adrenaline.

Other foods favour calmness such as pumpkin seeds and almonds. They are rich in magnesium, which is necessary to reduce the stress level, magnesium being consumed in moments of stress.

The level of energy we possess is another essential aspect of every day, and spinach, bell pepper and seafood generate a great deal of energy through the vitamin-rich composition in vitamin B12 and iron. Eggs, beef or lamb are also important sources of energy, and in order to increase our ability to focus, we must consume avocados, bananas or poultry.

Energy, strength, calm or happiness are just a few of the great benefits a diversified diet offers. Contrary to what has been thought so far, the food we consume influences our state of mind in a decisive way and becomes an indicator of the importance we need to offer to our health.

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