Better Than Comfort Food: Try These 5 Happiness-Boosting Nutrients
The powerful nutrients found in oily fish, nuts and flaxseed are scientifically proven to take the edge off depression. If you don't necessarily feel like munching on flaxseed all day long, supplementing might be the easiest way to up your Omega 3 consumption effortlessly. Our tried and tested favourites include plant based options: Pukka Hemp Seed Oil and Lifestream V-Omega 3, derived from marine microalgae.
Did you know that our bodies can turn Tryptophan into serotonin? Maintaining healthy serotonin levels is crucial if you find yourself feeling blue way too often. This "chemical messenger" acts as a mood stabiliser, boosting your mood and regulating sleeping patterns. Enjoy pineapple, tofu and bananas to increase levels of this "happiness chemical".3. Amino-acids
4. B Vitamins
Vegetarians and vegans are often plagued by deficiency of essential vitamins from this group. The consequences for mood and general wellbeing can be severe. Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause extreme fatigue, weakness, irritability and depression. Boost your levels of B vitamins by including more spinach, peas, wheat germ and avocado in your diet. Supplementation is strongly recommended if you're a vegan.5. Whole Grains
Slow release carbohydrates such as oats, quinoa and brown rice can help maintain your energy levels – and therefore your mood - without having to resort to snacking. If you're still feeling hungry between meals, don't deprive yourself - seeds, nuts and wheatgrass juice can give you a healthy boost and banish cravings.
There is no doubt that conscious nutrition can help us feel happier, and can reduce the effects of more serious ‘lows’. If your diet is not already full of the foods mentioned above, why not try them and see if they make a difference.