Emotional well-being is directly proportional to how nutrient-dense your diet is. We’re not making this up as a study published in the journal ‘Nutritional Neuroscience’ proves it.
The lack of a nutritious diet takes a toll on your mental health, often resulting in anxiety or even depression. The antidote to the problem, according to the study, is to introduce a wider variety of nutrient-dense foods in the diet.
We bring you five ways in which you can bring more nutrition into your life, while ensuring that you load up on foods that are also high on endorphins and serotonin, among other chemicals that the nervous system naturally produces to reduce stress and deal with pain. These chemicals are also called “feel-good” as they boost happiness.
Break your Fast with Healthy Food!
If you’re breaking your fast, you might as well have food that help you begin your day on a happy note. Dark chocolate, bananas and oats are some of nature’s goodies that are naturally loaded with happiness-nutrients!
And choc-a-bloc with all these yummy ingredients is this Banana Chocolate Overnight Oats that is ready to eat in the morning if you only leave it soaked overnight.
Yes, it really is that simple.
Hangry? Don’t get Angry, Snack Smart Instead!
Not listening to those hunger pangs you get in the evening, is one of the worst things to do to your body. If you’re a millennial office-goer, or just a day-dreamer, it always helps to have some healthy snacks at hand. Guilt free munchies such as Brazil nuts will ensure that you keep irritability and anxiety at bay while offering a delicious rich, creamy taste.
When Granny says Eat Whole Food, Say I do!
Whole foods such as lentils have complex carbohydrates, increasing the brain’s production of serotonin. Also, your granny would swear by it for perfectly peachy health. Introduce more whole foods and staples such as dal-chawal for lunch or dinner. They’re simple to cook, easy to eat and pack a whole punch of nutrition in one meal. You could try experimenting with interesting varieties of rice such as Aromatic Black Rice to mix up the flavours.
Bottoms Up! Ehm . . . We mean Water.
Colas or diet colas are loaded with sugars and harmful artificial sweeteners such as aspartame; chuck ‘em out of the window. If you must have your customary drink to combat mid-day slump, let it be something that is free and guarantees good health. Water is inarguably, the single most important thing for our physical and mental well-being. Storing it in pretty copper bottles help nourishes your body. Copper ensures mental, physical and chemical well being of your body.
Stay Strong, Whispered My Dark Chocolate
The darker the chocolate, the better it is. While sugary foods are best avoided, it’s perfectly alright to indulge yourself once in a while with some organic dark chocolate. Especially, if it’s infused with natural ingredients like lemon and ginger. So, go on, eat your way to good health and a happy mood.
All you really need to do is just be a little mindful.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)