“There’s one thing that pretty much everyone wants— to be happy.”
What is the one thing you want most this year? For many, it’s to lose weight, get fi t, be more organized, stop smoking … the list goes on. But beyond the typical New Year’s resolutions, there’s one thing that pretty much everyone wants—to be happy.
Researchers have been studying the secrets of happiness for years. One of the more recent—and most interesting—areas of investigation, though, is the connection between diet and mood, specifically how the health of your gut influences your emotional state. Th e gut influences so many areas of health that scientists are now calling it the microbiome—a community made up of trillions of bacteria that live in our intestines. And the only way to have a healthy gut is to feed your body the right kinds of foods.
“As knowledge continues to grow about how different nutrients impact our microbiome, brain, and other aspects of our biology, we can design a program to not only support our physical health, but also to balance emotions and improve our mental state,” says Isaac Eliaz, MD, LAc, author of “Th e Secret to Happiness” on p. 58. In the article, Eliaz explains the latest science behind the gut-mood connection and gives recommendations on specific foods to eat and supplements to take for a happier gut— and outlook on life.
We have other suggestions for boosting your happiness this year. One of my favorite articles is “7 Foundational Health Habits,” by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS. “I’d like to offer what I consider the ‘7 Bipartisan Principles of Health,’ habits that would be worth cultivating for absolutely everyone, no matter what diet or exercise program you follow,” says Bowden. And he’s not just talking about working out or eating fewer carbs— some of the principles he discusses include how keeping your word and cultivating relationships improves your health.
I hope this issue helps you start the New Year on a healthy— and happy—note. Wishing you the best in 2018.