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Use Food to Change Your Mood

Use Food to Change Your Mood

Though science hasn’t yet found a food that instantly elevates mood or cures depression, there are definitely some bites you can choose on a daily basis to improve your overall long-term mood. The basic principle behind using food to help with your mood is that eating certain foods can alter brain structure, aiding in brain function for a happy and healthy mind. If you’re hoping to improve your mood with your food, read on and know that even if you don’t feel immediate effects, these tips will contribute to leading a healthier life in general.


Eliminate Mood-Diminishing Foods

Before even beginning to incorporate foods that help boost your mood, stop eating ones that can be harmful to both your mind and body. Refined carbohydrates and sugars can have detrimental effects on mood, as they spike your blood sugar and then quickly lower your levels giving you a sugar high and crash. When you’re crashing, you’ll likely feel tired and cranky. High quantities of caffeine have similar lifting and crashing effects, so skipping your morning brew is a good idea as well. Don’t forget about alcohol. It disturbs sleep leaving you tired and feeling low on a morning after or even for days after a big drinking binge. Alcohol is also a proven depressant and can leave you feeling sad while drinking and after.


Eat When You’re Hungry

People have been fooled by the diet industry to restrict calories in order to lose weight. Though this can work it often leads to long-term fat storage in your body and food binges during periods of intense hunger. The media has recently coined the term “hangry” to define the mood we assimilate when we’re hungry. We become irritable and grumpy when our tummies are rumbling. Instead of skipping meals or eating meagre amounts of food throughout the day, consume high amounts of vegetables and a moderate amount of fruit at any time throughout the day to keep hunger pains away. Make sure your 3-5 meals per day are balanced with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats, and that you reach for carrot sticks instead of chips when you feel peckish.


Get Your Greens and Whole Grains

Dark, leafy greens are nothing but beneficial to your system. They are full of many of the vitamins and minerals we need to feel awake and to keep us chipper. Containing Vitamins C and K, folate, fibre, iron and calcium, eating leafy greens like kale and Swiss chard will benefit many of your bodily systems. Vitamin K is known for its anti-aging properties, Vitamin C and iron give us a punch of energy and fibre can slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, resulting in longer and more peaceful sleeping patterns. You’ll also find fibre in whole grains like brown rice and oats.


Up Your Vitamin B12 Intake

Vitamin B12 is vital for the nervous and immune systems, yet is one of the most common deficiencies in humans since many foods don’t contain it. Meat and animal products do contain B12 but oftentimes even eating these foods will not adequately maintain healthy B12 levels in adults. Talk to your doctor about your B12 levels and whether or not it’s recommended you take a supplement. Having normal B12 levels will help you feel energized and to get a deeper, more fulfilling sleep. It also positively affects brain function and mood.


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Treat Your Joints Like Gold

  Joint health is essential for optimal body functioning, especially as we age. There are the obvious, large joints to take care of (the knees, hips, and shoulders) but did you know know the human body has between 250-350 joints?! There are 30+ joints in the hand alone! Joints provide the mechanical structure to allow… Continue Reading

Preventing the Flu Naturally – Part 2

Preventing the Flu Naturally – Part 2

Medicinal Mushrooms for Natural Flu and Cold Prevention As I noted in Preventing the Flu Naturally Part One, the most important thing to avoid all illness, not just the flu, is to keep your “terrain” healthy. This means maintaining a healthy diet, and eating more alkaline foods rather than acidic ones. But, if an invader… Continue Reading

Vitamin D Prevents Inflammation

Vitamin D DOES Prevents Inflammation “I think vitamin D is introducing a golden age of medicine.” This enthusiastic quote, from Dr. Cedric Garland, professor of preventive medicine, University of California, was produced in the early days of the new research on vitamin D. Because I tend to agree with Dr. Garland’s position, I am all… Continue Reading

Vitamin D2 VS D3

The Difference Between Vitamin D2 and D3 As a supplement, vitamin D is available in two forms: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2), made from ultraviolet irradiation of ergosterol (a form of yeast) derived from the mold ergot; and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), made from lanolin irradiated with ultraviolet light. While vitamin D3 is the same as the form… Continue Reading

Vitamin D Foods

Food Sources of Vitamin D Vitamin D is only found in a few food sources, such as dairy foods (mostly because they are fortified with vitamin D), eggs, cold water fatty fish, and mushrooms. Moderate levels of vitamin D are also found in organ meats, including kidneys and liver, however, these foods are not commonly… Continue Reading

Vitamin D Testing

Testing for Vitamin D A vitamin D blood test is the only way to know if we are getting enough vitamin D or not. I believe in the therapeutic power of higher than normal doses of vitamin D, but I also believe that high levels of isolated nutrients can lead to problems down the road.… Continue Reading

Vitamin D Toxicity

Avoiding Vitamin D Overdose How much vitamin D is too much?  Can you overdose on vitamin D? You will find a far different range of recommendations depending on who you listen to, from the conservative approach of a doctor, through the more up-to-date suggestions of a naturopath, all the way to the enthusiastic over-kill of… Continue Reading

Optimal Blood Levels of Vitamin D

What are optimal blood levels of vitamin D?  In the last vitamin D blog, I showed how the New Zealand study that tried to suggest that vitamin D was of no value in preventing osteoporosis was hugely flawed. The majority of that flaw was the fact (revealed by other studies) that the daily intake of… Continue Reading

Vitamin D Boosts Bone Density

Vitamin D Boosts Bone Density, contrary to headlines Vitamin D as a supplement for bone density is currently under attack. Whenever a supplement proves too effective, the pharmaceutical industry rallies to shoot it down, least it steal business from them. “Vitamin D supplements don’t help boost bone density in healthy adults” is the current such… Continue Reading

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