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The Pursuit of Happiness Happens in Our Gut as Well as in Our Brain

How many times have we found ourselves deep inside that bowl of ice-cream or those bags of chips? We all have been there. Nevertheless, why? In addition, what is the impact? What can we do instead? Whether you are down or not, asking your body and mind questions is important.

First, our brain does not release dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, or endorphins (all those makes us happy) for nothing or automatically. You have to give your brain the appropriate food.
In addition, your mind is not going to be happy without meeting its survival needs, like food, safety, and social support. If something is missing, the brain is on Red Alert. It is a survival-focused brain, constructed by mammalian evolution.

Since these happy substances are synthesized in the gastrointestinal tract, when something is missing, it is immediately known.

The key, however, is quality of food, not just quantity.

Many studies have also revealed that individuals who fail to maintain a normal weight have disturbances of mood and appetite – but resistance to physical activity is also a negative factor. Another study found that high-fat, high-sugar snacking decreases serotonin.

As you can see, all are connected. In this way, you cannot ‘cure’ your weight problem without finding out why what you want to eat is bad food.

Both spirituality and a healthy lifestyle should not be addressed only after the problems begin. They are life themes not for our 60s, but for our 30s.

* The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.

Evropi-Sofia Dalampira holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and an MSc in Botany-Biology.


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