“There’s one thing that pretty much ev­ery­one wants— to be happy.”

Amazing Wellness - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Ni­cole Brechka ED­I­TO­RIAL DI­REC­TOR nbrechka@aim­me­dia.com

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.

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