Reclaim Your Happiness – Healthy Is A Happy Life !

Reclaim Your Happiness – Healthy Is A Happy Life !

The choices we make today become our future tomorrow.

When we make choices, good or bad, do we truly stop and think about the consequences that they will have on our future? I would say the answer is more-so no, than yes. Keeping ourselves healthy certainly plays a key role in how we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally.

In this article, you will discover why healthy is a happy life. I will discuss five different foods including vitamin D, omega 3s, antioxidants, serotonin, and theanine, which are known to help increase happiness and eliminate disease of the body and mind. Hopefully then, you will be able to see how you can regain good health, and return to your happy self.

 

Good health is powerful

 

Even though happiness comes easy for some people, it doesn’t work that way for the rest of us. There are other factors that play a part. Namely, our current circumstances and what we choose to do to improve them. This can make a very large difference.

Nutrition is also a very powerfulFamily Child Picnic Watermelon Fruit key player in the game and is known to be the “foundation” of our wellness.

I remember, when being a kid, my siblings and I would eat fresh vegetables straight out of the garden. Especially, tomatoes! They were so abundant; our mother didn’t seem to mind.

Growing up; eating good, wholesome, fresh garden foods, we were very healthy-happy kids.

Today, if you take notice, people who have committed themselves to taking steps toward a clean, whole foods type of diet, seemingly have reached a level of pure happiness!

They are feeling better – happy! Do you believe it has anything to do with the choices they are making?

 

Let thy food be medicine…

 

Have you ever heard the old phrase, “Food is medicine!”?

Thanks to Hippocrates, that phrase derived from his famous quote, ” Let thy food be medicine, and thy medicine be food”. The truth is, food truly is medicine if you’re consuming good, clean, whole foods – not processed.

Happy Is A Healthy Life Baby ChildThere are many nutritional elements that we need to maintain our happy state of mind, and a lot of them have been identified and linked to an increase of happiness!

From birth; moving forward, our parents tried to teach us what foods were good for us, and even not so good, nutritionally. We may not have always liked it, or maybe we just didn’t understand. The point is, most of us were happy!

As we become adults, things change. We get busy; we eat out more, we’re always on the go, rarely taking the time to stop and think about the foods we eat and the beverages we are drinking. We end up neglecting our bodies; leaving them undernourished and sick. Aside from the sickness itself, it adds additional problems like stress and unhappiness.

Food has been known for many years to have the power to heal people from all kinds of diseases and disorders.

So, let’s look at some ways that you can get back to your happy self.

 

 

 

Steps that help regain good health

 

Let’s start here, talking about some of the things you should look at as ways to increase and maintain your happiness…

 

Vitamin D

First and foremost, vitamin D should come from the sun, as it promotes the much needed chemical reaction from the cholesterol in the skin.

As I tell my friends, soak it up; get your fill and get out or get under cover!

Dairy Eggs Vitamin D Source Healthy BrainsEven though the medical authorities continuously recommend 400-800 UI’s (international units) a day, it is suggested now, by scientists, that approximately around 5000 IU’s  per day, are conducive for cancer prevention, cardiovascular function,Nature Bright Sun Touch Plus Light Ion Therapy Lamp and auto-immune disease prevention (including MS, lupus, and diabetes type 1) just to name a few.

Other forms of vitamin D to enjoy, would be the use of light therapy, as well as foods such as portabella mushrooms, eggs, cheese, raw milk, and fatty fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel).

The vegan dieter will need to look to fortified foods such as orange juice, as well as supplements for their additional daily support of vitamin D.

No matter what, high doses of vitamin D may relieve some of the negativity in your life!

 

Omega 3’s

First, there are three fatty acids to look at in this group:

1. DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is the mature form deriving from certain fish.

2. EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) is another one that comes from particular fish also.

3. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is the ones that come from plants.

The eyes and brain contain high levels of DHA found in particular fish. These omega 3’s reduce inflammation which fuels diseases like depression and anxiety, heart disease and cancer, and many more.

Low levels in the brain have been linked to dementia as well as a lower intellectual performance.

 

Fish Plate Omega 3 Fatty AcidFoods with Omega 3’s:

Anchovies, Bluefish, Herring, Mackerel, Salmon, Sardines, Sturgeon, Lake Trout, Halibut, and Tuna
(Eating parsley or cilantro along with taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement will reduce the mercury toxicity)

Grass Fed Meat, and Dairy

Walnuts, Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil, Olive Oil, Hemp, Chia Seeds, Avocadoes, and Leafy Green Vegetables

 

Omega 3’s can help!

Triglycerides (Blood Fat), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Asthma, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Heart Disease, Cancer and more.

 

Well worth the read is a wonderful paper written by Dr. Phil Domenico . He states that these fats in the brain, and throughout the eyes and body, are prone to oxidative damage, also known as rancidity. The uncontrolled oxidation, is thought to be the culprit behind most diseases today, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, blindness, and many more, which brings into focus, our next element!

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances like vitamins C and E that inhibits oxidation, protecting the omega 3’s from damage. Because it is tough to regenerate, neural tissue must be protected! This requires an array of antioxidants to do the job.

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“The Protectors”

Vitamins C and E, Carotenoids, Turmeric/Curcumin, Hot Peppers (Capsaicin), Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Extracts, Fruits, Vegetables, CoQ10, and lots more! Believe it or not, even coffee is loaded with antioxidants – as long as it is roasted properly!

The bottom line is that people with higher levels of antioxidants tend to have a much better outlook on life – more positive, more happy.

 

 

 

Bananas Increase SerotoninSerotonin

Serotonin is a mood elevator.

Raising this element in the brain, helps create happy people!

It is also the chemical responsible for influencing things like, appetite, sleep, memory, learning, social behavior, and more.

Serotonin is made from what is called tryptophan. You can increase levels of serotonin by consuming protein foods such as whey powder (un-denatured).

 

 

 

Other ways to increase serotonin:

1. Exposing yourself to bright lights

2. Vitamins B12 and B6

3. Consuming Almonds, Tree nuts, Bananas, Broccoli, Brown   Rice, Halibut, Mackeral, Lentils, Oats, Citrus fruits, Spinach, Walnuts

The last, but not least, element to discuss, will be theanine.

 

Theanine

Food Green Tea Theanine NutrientsTheanine is an amino acid that is known to be found in rich amounts, exclusively in green tea.

It helps in transmitting nerve impulses to the brain, and has been used for treating anxiety and high blood pressure, and for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Green tea is also used to boost focus, concentration, and promote relaxation and sleep.

 

Clearly, many foods, as well as supplements, can boost one’s happiness. Nutrition is indeed the foundation to our wellness, which does impact our happiness! Especially certain foods, like those listed above.

Sometimes it’s hard to make the changes needed, but if you start by cutting back on refined sugars, overcooked foods, as well as processed foods and start consuming more fresh produce, nuts and seeds, it would definitely be a step in the right direction! A vegetarian diet can include eggs and grass fed dairy products.

Last, when choosing supplements to go along with your more healthy eating habits, always choose a high quality DHA, high dose vitamin D, vitamins B6 and B12, and a high quality multivitamin.

Share Thoughts Comments QuestionsI hope this article has been of some great help to you in realizing that healthy truly is a happy life!

Remember – you are what you eat! :o)

– Paula

 

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20 thoughts on “Reclaim Your Happiness – Healthy Is A Happy Life !”

  • Wow, I love this! I feel like people don’t understand the importance nutritious foods play not only for our lifestyle and bodies but for our mental health. Eating healthy with proper nutritious supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and proper vitamins is key to a healthy mindset. I love your phrase “Food is medicine!” Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Rob and thanks so much for coming to the garden and sharing your thoughts! I truly enjoy learning about nutrition and out body, mind and spirit. It does impact every part of our life and we mostly don’t even realize it. By learning though, we can then start replacing junk foods with good foods and feel the equality of the exchange. A banana for a couple of cookies, some veggies for some chips. You get the picture, I’m sure. We just need to find what works for us as individuals. Mental health is probably a bigger part of the picture. If you’re mentally happy and healthy, you are going to show that in all other areas of life as well. Thanks again for commenting. I look forward to seeing you here at the garden in the future. :o) – Paula

  • Wow. Awesome information. I have never and I do mean never liked vegetables but have used juice plus for a couple years. I do not get sick very often now and I am in better health in general. Do you know if there is a good substitute for actually drinking green tea?

    • Hi Kelli and thanks for stopping in! I enjoy having veggies as well as I enjoy juicing them! I just started juicing about a year ago after encountering some health issues! My life began to turn around. Green tea is where thiamine is found. If you like sweet tea, you can make it the same, only substituting the sugar for some good, local, raw honey! It is my understanding from reading, that thiamine is specifically found only in the tea, so there would be no substitute other than extract if you’re not a tea sipper or drinker :o). Thanks for the comment and I look forward to your visit here at the garden in the future. – Paula

  • Hi Paula, thanks for the great info. I live in Jamaica so there’s no shortage of sunlight for my daily dose of vitamin D and fruits for vitamins C and E. Since going vegan, I have been more conscious about and fascinated by macros. I still take a multivitamin but even then I supplement that with flaxseed oil gel tabs for Omegas.

    I have been a lot less stressed these days – most things just roll off my shoulder. Onward and upward.

    • What great news Michelle!!! It’s amazing what having the proper nutrients can do for the body and mind. So glad to hear about your success being vegan. Thanks for sharing your experience. Its been a true delight! :o) – Paula

  • I love this article, the content is good and I like the visuals . I would increase the text font as it is quite small. Thanks for sharing. I agree happy is a healthy life!

    • Thank you Lisa for stopping by! So glad you enjoyed the article. Healthy is most definitely a happy life! Will look into a larger font for future articles. Thanks for commenting and I hope to see you at the garden again soon! :o) – Paula

  • Hi Paula, I love your first sentence. Sometimes our health comes down to the choices we made earlier on in our lives. Good health is essential to our overall development.

    You have given a variety of foods that are necessary for our health. Your post is not only informative but educative too.
    Thanks for the pos

    • Luna, thank you so much for sharing your comments on the post! It’s true. It’s never to late to turn it around, or to teach the young so that they can live a full life. I’m happy you found this article so helpful. That means I’m doing what I hoped to do! :o) Thanks for coming to the garden today Luna. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future! :o) – Paula

  • Seems as a society, we have come to think we have to take a pill and then take another pill to offset the effect of that pill and so on. Eating whole, fresh foods it the way we were meant to consume vitamins and minerals. Good read!

    • Thank you Steve! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I completely agree about the pill domino effect. Food has always been the intended way for us to consume our daily dose of vitamins and minerals. Thanks for coming by Steve; I hope to see you again at the garden soon. :o) – Paula

  • I agree with you 100 % about the importance of health for happy life. Without good health we can not enjoy the taste of delicious food and the happiness of doing various activities. This is a useful article for people who want to do the best to keep their health. Why didn’t you put the tittle of your article pictures yet?

    • Hi Melani and thank you for coming to the garden and sharing your comment! You are right! Health is a must. I’m glad you found it useful Melani. The title picture is there – I hope, haha. Thanks so much. I look forward to seeing you back again in the near future, here at the garden!! :o) – Paula

  • Hello Paula first of all it is an excellent page, To show kids on the importance of having good and healthy food. I normally prefer good food which obviously as you said will be healthy for our life, But kids now a days are difficult to make them understand the importance of nutrients in their foods. I have already bookmarked your page to show it to my wife and kids so that they will understand the value and what type of foods they should include in their day to day activities Great content for life and keep writing. Keep well, Mana..

    • Thank you Mana. I am sure these foods I share will serve you and your family well. Kids today are smothered with society shoving fast food in their face, as well as the food industry as a whole! Junk food at every corner of the grocery store. We have to start them as babies, teaching them the right way just as we do with everything else. If we give them sips of cola when they’re babies, they will grow to already be addicted, etc. The older they are, I have found it to be the harder it is to redirect their path, but… it’s not impossible!!! :o) I appreciate you bookmarking me. I hope that you find more articles that will help direct your family to a healthier happy life. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your thoughts here at the garden Mana. I do appreciate it. I hope to see you back again soon :o). – Paula

  • Paula, I completely agree! Fresh and wholesome foods are our number one defense against disease and an unhealthy body. Along with eliminating stress, eating quality food and getting some sunshine are excellent ways to improve every aspect of life.

    Thank you for this informative article!

    • Hi Irma! Thank you for your comment. So glad that you found it to be informative :o). Thanks for coming by and I look forward to seeing you again, soon! – Paula

  • Paula, thank you for this article! It’s a nice reminder how important for our happiness is what we eat. I am thinking what I eat all the time because I know how important that is. Who doesn’t want to be happy? We all want that, right? Happiness is a choice more than anything else, and eating healthy also is a choice. We can choose both at the same time and live our lives to the fullest.
    Thank you again!
    Linda

    • Thank you Linda! I appreciate you stopping by the garden and sharing your thoughts! I believe that we all want happiness in our lives. It’s a matter of taking care of ourselves and doing what we know needs to be done to achieve this :o)! You’re right, it’s a great way to have the best of both worlds!!! So glad you enjoyed the article Linda. I hope to see you back again soon. – Paula

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