Aug 21, 2013

Creative Happiness and Health: One Food

Being a creative in this world may not be the easiest of paths but there are some things we can do to make the journey more pleasurable. For those on a budget healthy eating may seem a trivial concern; it is however a major source of emotional well-being, effecting all areas of our lives, including work. 

Some foods in particular, activate hormones and areas of the brain associated with emotional harmony. There are options that are available on a budget also. 

Omega-3 for joy!
There is evidence that Omega-3 DHA (a type of omega-3 fat) produces alterations in serotonin and dopamine levels (the chemical messengers that moderate our moods). Serotonin is associated with happiness and dopamine with pleasure. Studies show that higher fish consumption in a nation correlates with lower rates of depression in its population. Omega-3 fatty acids may also promote healthy mood by ensuring optimal blood flow to the brain. (in some cases reduced blood flow to certain areas of the brain have been linked with depression). This healthy oil has an anti-inflammatory effect on the brain, guarding against anxiety and depression.

Did you know?  

1.The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating depression
2. High-doses of EPA rich fish oil rich has remarkable benefits on those suffering with uni-polar and bi-polar depression. 

May Benefit: 

Those suffering from Cardiovascular Disease, Fatigue, Depression, Type 2 Diabetes, Dry, itchy skin, Joint pain, Brittle hair and nails and an inability to concentrate,

Affordable sources of Omega-3:
Tinned Sardines, mackerel, anchovies, pilchards, herring (kipper), salmon, (tinned salmon is generally wild which makes it a vast deal more beneficial than its farmed counterpart), *flaxseed, *walnuts.  


Reduce the consumption of processed food and refined carbohydrates (white flour, rice, pasta etc). Processed foods are typically high in Omega-6 and refined foods cause the body to generate insulin. Both these factors in excess seem to cause cellular inflammation which in itself may contribute to depression. It is also most likely that Omega 6 competes with Omega 3 in the body. 

*There is some debate as to whether vegetable sources such as flaxseed and walnuts are reliable sources of DHA (a type of Omega-3 fat). Some vegan and vegetarian products are now being produced from algae which contain good levels of DHA. In fact fish feed on this algae which is why they themselves are good sources of Omega-3! (these may be more expensive)

Internet Links:
Foods Highest in Omega-3
Anxiety and Omega-3
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Inflammation

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