When Food isn’t Making You Happy

The Urban Monk

Those foods aren’t making us “happy” like we think they are. They’re just activating the dopamine reward centers in our brains at a much higher rate than whole, natural, and healthy foods.


They can also relieve symptoms of depression and flatten the transition in mood-swing disorders. This is because contained within Omega-3s are the fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are often depleted in people suffering from depression.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin D


You see, studies are finding that since depression affects the hippocampus and frontal cortex, changes in neuronal plasticity and glial cell production in those regions (caused by oxidative stress and free radicals) may be an underlying cause of depression. Flavonoids work to solve that imbalance.


Studies suggest that selenium plays a role in mood-boosting and relaxation, two things decidedly lacking in depression patients, by reducing inflammation in the brain (a marker of anxiety and other mood disorders.)




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