Health and happiness are probably the two most important ingredients in life. Did you know that there are healthy foods, beyond fruits and vegetables, whose properties can help you be happier and live more fully?

Scientists at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) determined for the first time that the nutrients, hydrates, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in food directly affect the brain's thinking, perceiving and feeling processes.

What the researchers concluded is that the diet we follow not only influences physical health but also mental health, from intellectual performance to the balance of our emotions.

On the other hand, neuropsychology has determined that serotonin and endorphins play an essential role in our state of mind because they generate a feeling of happiness, regulate the waking-sleeping cycle and act as natural painkillers. And although the body produces them itself, these natural substances can be stimulated by certain nutrients present in certain foods.

What is Mood Food?

Mood Food, which originated in Japan, is a movement that builds on these scientific and biological studies to design a diet from foods whose high nutritional content directly influences mood. Foods that bring wellbeing and happiness regardless of the pleasure of tasting them.

Many of these foods contain folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, which is found mainly in pulses, leafy greens and grain cereals.

Folic acid helps the body to maintain and create new cells, and together with vitamin B12 it plays a fundamental role in the production of red blood cells, which are essential for health.

The habit of eating well: Iberostar Honest Food

In this line, Iberostar wants its gastronomy to be one of the great discoveries during your next holiday, through its Honest Food program.

The aim of the program is for you to embrace this conscientious gastronomy plan in order to gain in well-being and to stick to it, adopting a healthier diet, while discovering local products in the restaurants within your city or beach hotel.

 

Honest Food is based on fresh, natural, homemade and seasonal products, prepared with the respect and care they deserve, based on responsible consumption and promoting multiculturalism, so that you can enjoy them at their best.

A good opportunity for you to enjoy the wonders of the destination of your choice during your next getaway and to give your life a healthy twist.

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Fortunately, there are many healthy foods that will help you regulate your emotions and improve your mood.

By eating foods rich in iodine, such as seafood, cod, garlic, oat bran, hazelnuts or strawberries, you will stimulate your positive energy and feel a pleasant sense of disinhibition.

A fundamental food, due to its nutrients, is avocado. And natural pineapple, which also acts as an anti-inflammatory, reversing the processes that induce bad mood and irritability.

Chickpeas are also essential, as they provide phenylalanine, which helps to mitigate pain and prolong good mood. They also contain vitamin B1, which enhances the effects of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that slows down states of irritability.