Eat to Pick Up Your Spirits?

Not a huge fan of going to the gym? Have a membership but have not used it in months? Here is another way to get happy without the kettlebells.

Suffering from low spirits or depression? What if there was a way to deal with both – improve health AND spirits without doing 1000 pushups a day. Get happy without a 20-mile run.

Ready?

Eating more fruit and vegetables can make you as happy as you would be if you were out of work and found a new job.

This interesting conclusion comes courtesy of a study done at the UK’s University of Warwick and Australia’s University of Queensland. The researchers from these 2 prestigious universities showed that each extra daily serving of fruit or vegetables contributed to making individuals happier – not to mention healthier.

The study team followed over 12 thousand adults in Australia who kept food diaries, detailing daily intake. Additionally, they met individually with researchers during which their assessment of life and mood were tested and documented. via a validated questionnaire. According to researcher Andrew Oswald “peoples’ motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later.” However, he added, “well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate” and were seen within two years. The researchers suggested that there might be a link between the changes in mood and carotenoids in the blood. (Carotenoids are pigments that are largely responsible for the vibrant colors of some fruits and vegetables.)

According to the lead researcher “peoples’ motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later.” In other words, many people have trained themselves for “short-term” gains only and often miss the bigger picture.

The irony is that eating of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate in terms of feeling/effects. Doing this on a regular basis dramatically improves health in as little as 20 months too. The researchers suggested that there might be a link between the changes in mood and carotenoids in the blood. (Carotenoids are pigments that are largely responsible for the vibrant colors of some fruits and vegetables.)

The theory is that there is a link between the changes in mood and carotenoids in the blood. Carotenoids are pigments that are largely responsible for the vibrant colors of some fruits and vegetables.

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