The nutrients you need to boost your happiness levels

-Jan 14, Hannah Hargrave , Nutrition -

If someone told you happiness could be served up on a platter, you’d likely be putting in your order immediately! Well, it turns out you can get a dose of joy from adding certain nutrients to your diet. So, if you’re looking to boost your happiness levels with a little help from what you eat, here’s what you need. 

On the quest for happiness most people look to make changes to their career, their home life and their financial situation. But health and happiness can be supercharged by how you choose too fuel your body too. 

The right nutrients can not only banish blues but lift your mood and the great news is they are easy to come by. 

Magnesium

If you’re feeling fatigued, irritable and your blood pressure is on the rise, it’s no wonder you might be feeling unhappy. But these are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency, which is becoming increasingly more common.

In addition magnesium aids sleep, and we know lack of sleep can make you seriously miserable too. Plus it helps with the production of the happy hormone, serotonin.

Related: Expert advice when you’re having trouble sleeping

So it seems upping your magnesium levels could really help boost your mood and your health at the same time. 

Good sources of magnesium: Nuts, dark chocolate, whole grains, dark leafy greens.

Zinc

Zinc helps regular the brain and its response to stress. Deficiency can lead to mood swings, decreased immunity and lack of appetite too. 

Since your body can’t produce zinc naturally you need to ensure you’re getting enough of it through your food or supplements. 

Good sources of zinc: Shellfish, legumes, meats, seeds

Omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids don’t just improve your skin, your hair and your sleep – although that’s enough to put a smile on your face – they support a healthy brain too. In fact people who eat a diet rich in omega three have been shown to have lower rates of depression.

This could be because low levels of omega 3 have been linked to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

Good sources of omega 3 fatty acids: Salmon, tuna, mackerel, almonds, flax seeds

Vitamin B12

If you’re snappy, irritable, depressed and fatigued, a vitamin B12 deficiency could be behind your mood swings – especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan. 

Vitamin B12 helps the body synthesise nutrients which are imperative to a healthy brain function. This in turn boosts your mood naturally and makes you feel happier. 

Good sources of vitamin B12:  Salmon, tuna, cheese, meat, eggs

Related: Introducing Lumity’s 30-day self-care challenge

Vitamin D

Without enough proper daylight and sunshine your mood can take a real nose dive. Even if you don’t have control over how much the sun shines to give you that all important dose of vitamin D, you can still work to get outside more and reap the uplifting rewards of being in the fresh air. Even when it’s cold and blustery your body will soak up vitamin D

Good sources of vitamin D: Milk, salmon, eggs.

Lumity Morning and Night Supplements contain a powerhouse of all-natural ingredients including the all important nutrients above. So add them to your daily regime to help boost your mood – and so much more – too.

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