Right, so here’s the thing ladies: if you want to be happy you’re just going to have to eat more chocolate.
Call me the good news fairy. But it doesn’t stop there.
There are 6 particular foods you should incorporate into your daily diet to improve your overall wellbeing and elevate your moods. One is chocolate. And ONE IS COFFEE!! God bless the research that says not only should we consume them, but we should do it often. Like, DAILY!!!
I feel happier already. What else should be on my mood-lifting menu?
In this recently published Time.com article, nutritionist and registered dietitian, Cynthia Sass recommends the following 6 research-backed "better mood foods" that we should incorporate and eat each day to improve our health, well-being and happiness:
"Research has actually linked regular java consumption to positivity. In one study, researchers found coffee consumed in the morning was linked to energy, kindness, and pleasure. Coffee enjoyed socially was tied to affection, friendship, satisfaction, and good nature, and when sipped leisurely, cups of Joe induced calm, happiness, and tranquility. Another study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that women who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were 15 per cent less likely to develop depression over a 10-year span, compared to those who consumed one cup or less each day."
"The antioxidants in dark chocolate can trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. That may be why one study found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate daily for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people who rated themselves as highly stressed. Dark chocolate also contains magnesium, a mineral that has been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms, including fatigue, depression, and irritability. Finally, dark chocolate’s unique natural substances trigger a sense of euphoria that’s similar in to the feeling of being in love!"
"In a recent Dutch study, 20 healthy volunteers received either a probiotic supplement or a placebo for four weeks. Those who received the real deal showed a significantly reduced reactivity to sad mood, which was largely due to a reduction in aggressive thoughts, and rumination (you know, when you over-think or obsess on the negative). The conclusion: the type and amount of bacteria in your digestive tract impacts your mood. Scientists even have a name for it: the gut-brain axis, or the communication highway between the GI tract and the brain."