B +ive Naturally
No its not a blood type, I am referring to here. I am talking about the demons that plague us and the heart that pulls us in multiple directions and does not let us be peaceful or happy …… What are our mental issues and how we can use Mood Enhancing Foods to help ourselves get rid of them!!
What If You’re Feeling Angry
When you’re angry, annoyed, or irritated, blame your serotonin. Low levels of serotonin inhibit the brain’s ability to regulate anger, while normal levels can lead to calmer, more controlled responses. To keep cool, try a plantain. These tropical treats have one of the highest serotonin concentrations around (30 micrograms per gram). Their cousin, the banana, also packs a powerful serotonin punch.
You want to feel GOOD? Avoid these…….
Trans fats: Eating trans fats may have a significant link to greater aggression and irritability. These fats may prevent the formation of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to improve mood.
Refined sugar: It may give you a quick jolt of energy, but it won’t last. And when your blood sugar levels inevitably crash, you’ll be left feeling irritated and exhausted.
Dehydration: Being just over 1 percent below optimal hydration levels can result in headaches, loss of focus, and fatigue.
What If You’re Feeling Anxious
Brazil nuts are loaded with selenium (just one ounce contains over 700 percent of your recommended daily intake), a trace mineral that appears to play an important role in the brain. Low levels of selenium can lead to increased anxiety and depression, Brazil nuts aren’t the only selenium-rich food, though; you can also try tuna, garlic, or mushrooms when you feel your anxiety rising.
When You’re Feeling Stressed
Why gorge on junk food to distract yourself from stress when there are foods that could actually reduce it—and perhaps keep it from developing in the first place? Snacking on vitamin-C fruits may contribute to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that is released when your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, sending more sugar into the bloodstream. For maximum intake, stick with raw sources—vitamin C is quite unstable and breaks down during cooking.
What If You’re Feeling Agitated
If your mind is running like a motor even when it’s time for bed, sour cherry juice might help. These cherries are high in melatonin, the hormone that initiates your sleep cycle. The hormone is intricately tied to our biological clocks and circadian rhythms. It’s also strongly linked to darkness and light, with levels rising after the sun goes down. An increase in the hormone tells your brain it’s time to wind down and settle in for the night.
These foods are high in melatonin: Pineapples, Bananas, Oranges, Oats, Sweet corn, Rice, Tomatoes, Barley.
Other sources of melatonin are orange bell peppers, walnuts—also a tablespoon of flaxseeds has about as much as a tomato.
A few spices are pretty potent: just a teaspoon of fenugreek or mustard seeds has as much as a few tomatoes. Few very good sources are almonds, raspberries and Goji berries which you can buy as lycium berries.
If You’re Feeling Foggy
Dazed and confused? Snack on colorful fruits like pineapple, cranberries, and plums. These fruits contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals known to damage neurons in the brain (and potentially harm your memory); aim for several servings a day. For sharper focus, fill your plate with omega-3-fatty-acid-rich fish like salmon. Low levels of omega-3s not only decreased problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities but were linked to lower brain volume as well! Omega-3s are an essential component of our cell membranes—the more we have, the better our neurons function. Three servings a week should do the trick.
Balance Hormones Naturally
If you’re struggling with thyroid issues, have perpetual fatigue, or any hormone imbalance, these six foods should definitely be part of your diet:
- Healthy Omega 9 Fats (Avocadoes, Almonds, Olive Oil)
- Short Chain Fatty Acid (Grass-fed Butter, Ghee, Organic Kefir and Yogurt)
- Omega 3 Fatty Acid (Wild Caught Salmon, Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Walnuts)
- Medium Chain Fatty Acid (Coconut oil and Coconut Products)
- GLA (Hemp Seeds, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil.) – good Omega 6 – may help with inflammation and to lose weight, and for good skin (acne/psoriasis)
- CLA (Grass fed dairy and poultry)- good Omega 6- helps to reduce fat & possible anti-cancer properties