There is a adage that says: Smile and the world smiles with you. Yes, happiness is contagious.
There are people who seem to have a heavy cross on their shoulder and their outlook in life is dim, unpleasant and full of thorns. Many people are unhappy because they have fears to wrestle with, frustrations, trauma, and other internal problems. Others are unhappy because they have physical disabilities and limitations.
But did you know that good nutrition is the well-spring of happiness?
Well, let us take a look at the many benefits of good nutrition that makes our life sparkle and pleasant.
Health authorities say that we need to get some sunlight as it is a great of souce of Vitamin D. We must have upwards of 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Vitamin D3 enhances our sense of well-being, improves our sleep, reduces inflammation, and relieves us from depression. If we have a sense of well-being, good sleep, free from inflammation and depression, we have a very pleasant and wholesome feeling. In other words, happiness is in our hearts.
Vitamin D is also optimal for bone and muscle strength, cancer prevention, cardiovascular function, auto-immune disease prevention, and infection resistance.
Omega-3 fatty acids are equally important for happiness as they support heart, brain, mood, joint, skin, immune, allergic, digestive, metabolic and vision health. Our eyes and brains contain high levels of DHA – the mature form of omega-3 – which improves nerve-cell growth and communication.
Researches show that Omega-3 acids reduce inflammation, a process that fuels depression, anxiety, cognitive dysfunction, heart disease and cancer. Low Omega-3 is linked to cognitive dysfuntion, depression, anxiety, bipolarity, ADHD and behavioral problems.
Omega-3 deficiency is a risk factor in major psychiatric and personality disorders, despair, homicide and suicide.
Omega-3 can be obtained from fatty fish, grass-fed meat and dairy, fish and krill oil supplements, algae, flaxmeal, walnuts, hemp and chia seeds, olive oil, avocado, nuts and leafy green vegetables which contribute to decrease of depression risk.
While many fats are prone to oxidative damage which contributes to aging and chronic diseases, Omega-3 is protected by antioxidants that include carotenoids, Vitamin E, curcumin, olive oil and extracts, fruits, vegetables and green tea. Yellow carotenoids protect Omega-3 in the brain and eye to prevent dementia and blindness which can lead to dependency, depression and unhappiness.
Adults with higher antioxidant levels are more optimistic, health authorities say.
Carotenoids from fruits, vegetables, or supplements are especially effective.#