Did you know that exercising releases endorphins and this can be a river of happiness running in your blood stream, right? But you know that the same feeling can be achieve… by just eating? The science of happiness has figure out the reason why certain food can make us happy – or sad! Just simply because certain foods have compounds that affect our mood so depending of what you eat you can become happy or sad and today I am presenting here 5 foods to make you feel happy!
So why this happens? Our brain uses neurotransmitters as communication signals to communicate with the rest of your body and to issue its commands, for instance to tell your heart to beat, your stomach to digest and your lungs to breathe. The neurotransmitters relay signals between nerve cells, called neurons and they can also affect for example, your mood, sleep and weight. There are two types of neurotransmitters that are responsible for our moods: inhibitory and excitatory.
- Inhibitory – this type of neurotransmitter can lead to happiness. Like serotonin exert a calming influence on our minds, in part by counteracting the effects of excitatory neurotransmitters. It causes an opening of ligand-gated potassium ion channels which leads to a local hyperpolarization (more negative than normal).
- Excitatory – this type of neurotransmitter can actually lead to unhappiness. Like norepinephrine, it stimulates our bodies and minds. It causes an opening of ligand-gated sodium ion channels. As a result, sodium ions flow in and the cell becomes less negative on the inside.
Certain food will also make you feel unhappy, for example pizza, pasta or ice cream, because they release energy very quickly into the bloodstream. So you might feel happy for a very short of time, but this is just because you think it is pleasant to eat these food. However, very soon you will be back to feeling worse than before and you will need more ice cream to correct the balance, as your sugar level went too high. Overall, we want to eat the food that makes us feel satisfied and make us feel good in long term, right? Here are the 5 foods I selected that will make you happy and why this happen.
WHY? Spinach has great source of vitamin B6 and folate which support the the brain’s ability to produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. Also, spinach is one of the great sources of iron, which helps deliver energy-sustaining oxygen to your cells – it boost the energy level working against fatigue and aids concentration. It’s also a good source of vitamin B6 and folate, which support the brain’s ability to produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.
WHY? If you been Mr or Mrs Negativity lately, salmon (or any other fatty fish) will help to boost up your mood. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), it is scientifically comported that these your increase your mood. According to the professor of medicine and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, Matthew F. Muldoon, MD: “We found people who reported low mood, irritability, and worrying generally had decreased levels of EPA and DHA”.
WHY? Certain berries have a chemical similar to valproic acid, which is a prescription mood-stabilising drug. Berries also has flavonoid anthocyanidin that reduces inflammation (also associated with increased rates of depression). Also these fruits are great anti ageing: thank to the antioxidants that contain in the berries.
WHY? Quinoa has became very popular, it has a great source of good carbs that give you a steady stream of energy – it has flavonoid called quercetin, which has anti-depressants effects. Remember the case above of blood-suva crashes that contain in ice cream and makes you feel down? White breads has the same effect! Substitute your sandwich for a quinoa salad. Not only this, but quinoa also contains all nine of the essential amino acid that your body cannot make itself, the amino acids are the key to building muscle.
WHY? Banana is high in vitamin B6, which helps to relief anxiety and stress. It makes your mood better as it balances the hunger and the energy, because the blood sugar levels are stabilised. Also has a great source of tryptophan: the essential amino acid the brain converts into happiness hormone serotonin.
Which one is your favourite?