Health and Fitness

Vegetables Make You Happy

It’s true. Eating fruits and vegetables may help you feel happier. A 2016 study of more than 12,000 Australian people examine their food diaries. It demonstrate unequivocally that eating more fruits and vegetables makes you happier and boosts your well-being. Further, it is a dose dependent effect all the way up to seven servings a day!

There are certain things everybody seems to just know. It may be the feeling that someone you care for is someone you’ve known all your life. It is analogous to the fact that we have known all our lives that fruits and vegetables are good for us. This gives us one more powerful reason why.

Significant benefits begin with just 2 1/2 servings a day. At this level you may notice a significant change in your overall happiness. Individuals who consume eight or more servings of fruit and vegetables had a significantly higher life satisfaction.

There are many reasons why that is true. The obvious one is that you most likely are going to feel better if you eat healthy foods and it will be easier to achieve and maintain happiness. Research, however has suggested that there is a link between B vitamins, found in spinach brussels sprouts and oranges and serotonin production. This is one of the primary chemicals in the brain that helps produce your happy mood.

Another study demonstrated the connection between higher levels of carotenoids, an antioxidant that gives foods like carrots or tomatoes of the rich color, and optimism. This along with hope and gratitude significantly contribute to happiness.

This is a win-win situation as eating more fruits and vegetables will make you both healthier and happier!

Stay well!

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