Here we go:
You’re at Whole Foods and browsing the supplement aisle. All of a sudden you remember hearing something about a certain supplement that boosts happiness.
Except you can’t remember exactly what it was. And you don’t want to waste your hard earned money on something that doesn’t really work. So you either buy something without confidence or just leave the store.
I don’t want this to happen to you!
I want you to be able to make educated and confident choices. How can you do that? It’s easy!
I will help you learn what boosts and detracts from happiness and give you the tools to decide what actions are right for you.
Remember, the biggest detractors from happiness are depression and anxiety.
That’s right. And by keeping depression and anxiety at bay, you can boost your happiness levels.
There are several ways you can do this. A general overview of ways to boost your happiness can be found here.
And proven alternative therapies to boost happiness can be found here.
But what about supplements? Are there natural products you can use to support your mood?
There ARE evidence-based and proven supplements to support your happiness.
I’m going to be completely honest with you: there are supplements that either do not work or cause harm to you.
That’s the reality.
I don’t believe in using supplements unless there are real and proven facts to support their effectiveness AND safety.
That is why I am sharing products that have both.
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only. Please seek personal advice from your healthcare providers before starting or stopping any medication or supplement.
Supplements that Boost Happiness
Probiotics help your mood - not just your gut.
Most of the time, you think of probiotics as helping your stomach and ailments such as diarrhea or irritable bowels.
Did you know gut microflora play a role in anxiety, depression, and mood, too?
You can get probiotics through food OR by using supplements.
Studies show consumption of fermented foods, like kefir and yogurt, decrease depressive symptoms.
There is also evidence that consumption of probiotic capsules have the same effect.
Vitamin B9 (folate) deficiency is strongly linked to depression.
Vitamin B9, otherwise known as folate, is important for a variety of human functions — growth and brain functioning, to name two.
In terms of mental health, low folate levels are associated with depression.
Ensuring adequate folate levels is EXTREMELY important to prevent depression.
How do you ensure adequate folate levels?
The United States recommended dietary allowance of folate is 400 micrograms.
Folate can come from dietary sources or through supplementation.
Foods that are rich in folate include:
- Dark, green, leafy vegetables (espeically spinach )
- Brussels sprouts
- Romaine lettuce
When diet is not enough, supplements are an option.
Folate supplements are NOT all created equally. Personally, I avoid the folic acid (synthetic) form of vitamin B9 because it can be difficult for the body to process and has been linked to enhanced tumor development.
If you supplement vitamin B9, choose methylfolate, levomefolic acid, L-5-MTHF, L-methylfolate, L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or (6S)-5-MTHF.
Magnesium supplements promote relaxation — and prevent anxiety.
Magnesium deficiency, like vitamin B9 deficiency, is linked to depression. Anxiety is also a concern in those with low magnesium levels.
Approximately half of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
This is because our soil is depleted of minerals such as magnesium (which means food grown in the soil lacks magnesium). Another reason is magnesium is often removed from water during routine municipal treatment.
The recommended daily allowance of magnesium is 320 to 420 micrograms.
Increasing magnesium intake can occur through diet and via supplements.
Foods rich in magnesium include:
- Dark, green, leafy vegetables (are you seeing a trend here?)
- Nuts (such as almonds and cashews)
Some magnesium supplements are difficult for your body to absorb.
For example, magnesium oxide supplements are not readily absorbed by the body.
Magnesium glycinate, magnesium malate, and magnesium taurate are better options.
Boosting Happiness with Supplements
Happiness is important to us all and we know the main detractors from happiness in the Unites States are depression and anxiety.
The good news is there are supplements that can boost your happiness. probiotics, B vitamins, and magnesium are options that help. Even better — you can get many of these through food.
What happiness hack will you try this week? I encourage you to pick one (or all three) to help keep depression and anxiety at bay.
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