Increasing your intake of fruits and veggies can quickly improve your well-being in just a few weeks, a new study finds.
It has been long proven that eating fruits and veggies can positively impact the body physiologically, improving things such as cardiovascular health, reducing cancer risk, and increasing longevity. Now, researchers have found that consuming fruits and veggies can positively impact our body psychologically as well.
Recently, a team of researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand, studied over 150 individuals between the ages of 18-24, and gave them one extra serving of fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples, kiwis, and oranges daily. The participants were also given reminders to eat more fruits and veggies throughout their day.
After a 2-week time period, researchers noticed improvements in psychological well-being, namely in vitality and motivation, suggesting that in only a short amount of time, eating these foods can quickly improve our well-being.
Other similar studies have found that over a long-term period, fruit and vegetable consumption can increase happiness and overall life satisfaction, and decrease depressive symptoms.