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 powerful 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.
There 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…
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!
Even 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, 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!
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.
Foods 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 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.
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!
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 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.
I 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)