You have probably already heard, that your body and mind go hand in hand. Have you also known, that you can improve both your mood and brain functionality by eating right kind of food?
The food you are eating is directly linked to three areas of brain function that create together your ability for happiness.
The first is your capacity to focus, think, plan, and remember. The second is emotional regulation. The third is the ability to power through a deadline and control anxiety.
If you want to increase your happiness with your diet, you should follow these four basic rules.
RULE 1: Reduce the amount of processed food you eat. Much of it is loaded with sugar, and too much of sugar contributes to the shrinkage of key brain areas involved in mood regulation.
RULE 2: Love fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Plant foods contain the minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients that we could call as the Essential Elements of Happiness. They all are the things your brain needs for optimal functioning.
RULE 3: Prefer grass-fed meat and butter, whenever possible. Compared with typical grain-fed meat or butter, grass-fed has more omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are a crucial element of happiness because they promote the formation of new brain connections.
RULE 4: Love the variety. The bigger the range of whole foods you consume, the broader the range of brain-boosting nutrients your diet will contain and the sharper, happier, and more energized your mind will be.