Eating for contentment can be a healthy alternative when you are stressed and over whelmed with life. Foods for moods can provide you with the essential nutrients that our body and brain might be craving and lacking in. It amazing how much our moods can affect our overall well-being and quality of life. When we are in a funk, can’t sleep because we are stressed and stressed because we cannot sleep. What a vicious cycle we can live in, but there are ways to get out of the blues and the roller coaster of moods. Taking supplements, following a healthy diet, and adding mood foods to our daily diet can be a fantastic way to break that cycle and stay on the road to physical, emotional, and mental health.
Mood Foods To Add To Your Diet:
Lemon Balm: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center lemon balm is considered a calming herb that helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote sleep. This herbal remedy is well-known as a nerve tonic that has a soothing effect on the nervous system and alleviates anxiety. It is believed to relieve long-term stress. Lemon balm can be used in teas and tincture to help promote sleep, but it is great to use as aromatherapy too.
Rhodiola: Dr. Richard Brown of Columbia University, reports rhodiola is exceptionally beneficial because it “enhances the healing properties of one’s own nervous system.” This plant is known as an adaption – basically it can help you adapt to different stressors that we experience. Clinical trials show that this superfood may also be effective for improving mood and alleviating depression. What a great gift Nature has provided with this plant.
L-Theanine: The NYU Langone Medical Center reports — that L-theanine is thought to have an antioxidant and a relaxant effect. This is an amino acid that can be found in green or black tea leaves, promotes sleep, relaxation, and helps with moods. If you have a hard time turning your brain off at night and can’t fall to sleep – this might just be what you been looking for to get a peaceful and restful night sleep. It helps to produce dopamine that induces an inner calmness.
Goji Berries: This berry has been nicknamed “happy berry” and for a good reason because it does just that – helps support a happy healthy mood and cheerfulness. According to Dr. Lindsey Duncan and her nutritional philosophy Goji berries has naturally occurring nutrients that supply your body with feel good hormone that we tend to produce less of as we age, especially women. They also help to support healthy vision as we age. Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and who are we to argue with thousands of years of experience?
Essential Fatty Acids: They play a central role in the normal development and functioning of the brain and central nervous system. According to ScienceDaily people who showed low levels of omega 3 were more likely to have a negative outlook and more impulsive. The brain is composed of about 60 percent fat and is just why you need to be eating hemp seed and chia seeds that are naturally loaded with omega 3. Other good choices are flax-seed or flax-seed oil. They are all a great attribute to helping us stay physically and emotionally healthy.
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup dried goji berries
- 1 tsp Rodiola liquid extract
- 1 Tablespoon flaxseed oil
- 2 cups coconut or hempseed milk
1. Blend all ingredients together in a small food processor or high-speed blender until smooth. Now all you have to do is drink it and enjoy the wonderful flavor, feel the stress relieve, and reap the many health benefits. Makes 2 servings
This recipe is dairy free, nut free, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, so whatever your lifestyle this should be the perfect fit!
- 1 1/2 cups of frozen organic of wild grown berries – choose from strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or all of them
Living a green and healthy lifestyle means taking care of yourself in every way, physically, emotionally, and mentally. We need to be able to manage stress and anxiety and all the problems that every day life can throw at you. Eating foods and following a healthy organic diet can have a positive impact on your all over well-being. Make sure you are getting your mood foods and herbal remedies to ensure that your body will not be defeated with stress that can deplete the immune system and open a door to disease and illness.