Happiness seems simple. We all experience it at some point or another. But when you think about it, happiness can be quite complicated. Emotions are a different experience for everyone, and each individual’s baseline- is determined by genes and personality traits. Circumstances and daily activities make up the rest of the puzzle.
The World Happiness Report is a survey and ranking of 155 countries by their level of happiness, taking into account six key indicators: Generosity, Freedom, Health, Trustworthy governance, Income and Social support.
The Happiest Places on Earth.
According to World Happiness Report, the happiest countries of 2017 are:
- New Zealand
America isn’t i the top 10. US ranks No. 14 on the list. Perhaps we can take some pointers from those happy Scandinavians!
Looking for ways to be happier?
Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it seems to affect positive change in your mood. Other few things are: To stream music, read inspiring articles, meditate, enjoy a nature walk, travel, spend quality time with your pet and reflect on something you’re grateful for at the end of every day. 🙂
These 7 essentials to improve self-health. To make positive changes in the seven key areas that influence health and wellness.
- Structure= Body and musculoskeletal health (massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractor)
- Diet & Nutrition= what you eat and drink (eat whole food not processed food. Drink water instead of Sodas)
- Digestion= having enzymes to digest food well and eliminating the waste products.
- Hormones= Balanced endocrine system. Especially for women health (PMS, menopause)
- Exercise= Activity is important
- Stress= manage emotional, physical and nutritional stress (from intake of artificial food)
- Thoughts= What you think about affects your health. You can’t have positive life with negative attitude.
8 Foods to boost your Mood and calm Nerves
- Dark green leafy vegetables
Spinach, kale and other dark greens are high in folate. Folate helps us to make serotonin and dopamine. Both of these are neurotransmitters that fight depression and stress.
Turkey is one of those foods that is linked to happy memories and that is good for us too! It is high in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that shifts to serotonin in our bodies. When we eat foods high in tryptophan we are less likely to argue. Other foods high in tryptophan include cage-free eggs and pumpkin seeds.
- Foods that are fermented
We know you are thinking of wine and beer here, but let’s look elsewhere! When a food is fermented it contains good bacteria that can help boost your mood.Good choices include yogurt and kombucha tea.
- Wild caught salmon
Wild salmon is good for us for so many reasons, and it is a mood booster too. Salmon contains omega-3 fats that studies show helps cut anxiety by 20%.
Blueberries and blackberries both contain anthocyanins. These are what gives them their deep color. They also help the brain make dopamine, a good mood chemical. Blueberries also help us build more of the white blood cells that boost the immune system.
Did you know that these delicious nuts help to dilate your arteries? This means that you have less vascular constriction, and that means less stress on your heart.
- Dark chocolate
Chocolate makes us feel better for lots of reasons. In addition to its delicious taste, it also contains anandamide. This is a neurotransmitter that blocks pain and depression. One study showed that eating just 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day makes us feel calmer.
The delicious green fruit gives us loads of minerals and vitamins and healthy fat. It also keeps our moods steady by helping us to feel full and controlling our blood sugars.
In Human Body 90% of cells are Microbes= 3% of our Body Mass
In Nasal Passages, Oral Cavity, Skin, Gastrointestinal Tract and Urogenital Tract.
Your Personalized Ecosystem: Your Microbial thumbprint
(Each Individual have a Personalized Microscopic Ecosystem)
10,000+ Microbial species= Human Genome
2,000- 4,000 genes each= Bacterial Genome
Only .1% if our Genes are Human DNA
20 Million Bacterial Genes
100 Trillion Bacteria in Our Intestines
Many Factors influence Microbiome:
Age, Gender, Environment/ Demographics, Stress and Diet, illness, Genetics and Antibiotic use.
Tech neck syndrome is getting increasingly prominent between the ages of 15 and 40. It’s caused by stress of carrying the compounded weight of the head as it looks down at a smartphone or computer for long periods of time. Its also referred to as “text neck,” the forward head position increases stress to the spine particularly the cervico-thoracic junction. Creating an abnormal muscle pattern resulting in tight muscles where there should be relaxed ones and vice versa.
Its challenging to properly treat this condition in addition to activities that stretch and strengthen the neck and spine also recommend taking joint health supplements and herbs. (info on last month blog)
The common complaints ranging from lack of focus to the inability to concentrate. Today people are searching for ways to support mental clarity, mood and balance. We need to ensure that the body is supplied with nutrients that support the structural integrity of brain cells is one fundamental approach to promote healthy brain function. Nutritional supplements like Vitamin B complex, Mutivitamin, St John’s Wart, Kava, Milk Thistle, etc help in the behavior support (Mood, Stress, Balance).
Phase 1: Alarm
Patients may not feel stressed or notice any nsymptoms.
A surge of adrenaline, norepinephrine, cortisol and DHEA, are triggered by the sympathetic nervous system, induces the initial fight-or-flight response.
Phase 2: Resistance
Patients may feel tired and wired at the same time, experience feelings of anxiousness and have difficulty sleeping or concentratig.
Irritability, fatigue, cravings for sweet or salty foods, weight gain, low libido, frequent yawning, minor low back pain in the adrenal area, muscle tension, poor digestion, and low basal temperature.
Cortisol levels remain elevated, while DHEA levels decline and the patient becomes sympathetic dominant.
Phase 3: Exhaustion
Patients may feel extremely tired and express that everyday activities are very difficult.
Fatigue, malaise, low mood, difficulty sleeping (due to erratic cortisol surges), and memory and cognitive challenges.
Both cortisol and DHEA levels are low, and the person enters parasympathetic dominance.