Foods that lift our mood.
Fact: Mood swings are linked to high blood sugar
Foods that help our mood:
Orange of scent
Calcium is the #1 mood enhancer
Magnesium rich foods instantly help people feel calm -
(Avoid alcohol which depletes your body of magnesium and B-Vitamins.)
Other things good for lifting your mood.
St John's Wort
Activity (exercise) is a proven mood-booster.
Foods that help battle depression
Omega 3 fatty acids--250-500 mg DHA and 250-500 EPA daily with food. Walnuts are one of the best omega 3 foods. If you aren't getting enough Omega 3 it also results in short term memory loss and reduced mental abilities). 1000 mg daily dose of Omega 3 fatty acid, salmon tuna, sardines, flaxseed, walnuts (tuna sand)
Take a multi-vitamin to get B vitamins necessary to produce the natural antidepressant hormone seratonin. (B-150 found at Wal-Mart) Molasses, Brewer's Yeast and wheat germ are rich in "B" vitamins
Stay away from alcohol as it depletes your body of B-Vitamins and magnesium.
Go to bed 30 minutes earlier at night and you will wake up happier. People who get enough sleep feel significantly more cheerful the next day (plus it helps get rid of the damaging stress hormone cortisol in your stomach which makes you look fat . ) Drink milk at bedtime to sleep better and be significantly more alert the next day. Any variety even lactose-reduced, skim, full-fat or flavored will work.
Eat a bowl of oatmeal with a little cinnamon The complex carbs will trigger the release of tension anger and fatigue so much that your mood will dramatically lift within an hour.
Drink Orange juice- it contains folic acid to lower the blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, a substance that can double your risk of depression. Check the can or jug to see if it contains both citrate and malate or the calcium in it cannot be easily absorbed.
Healthy adults who take 400 IU of Vitamin D daily, report feeling more inspired and joyful. Vitamin D may affect levels of the mood-boosting chemical serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that reduces hunger and boosts our sense of well being. When serotonin is low (which happens when you go "low carb") you become increasingly dissatisfied with both food and life, making it harder to stick to a diet. Low serotonin levels make us much more prone to nighttime munchies (V-8 stops the munchies) but when serotonin levels are high we just don't crave sweets. We need the right cards to get thin. (Note though that too much Vitamin D can make you act crazy.)
Chromium picolinate (600 mg. daily) alleviates symptoms for 65% of people for 65% of people with atypical depression and intense carb cravings--plus it cuts the urge to binge by aiding insulin absorption.
St John's Wort is effective in beating moderate to severe depression as commonly prescribed antidepressants.
Looking at a favorite photo gives you a pleasant feeling.
Smooching signals the brain to release oxytocin, a hormone that boots feelings of affection and is a buffer against stress--and has even been used to treat depression. This is why we al need to be touched several times a day.
Sunlight increase the production of serotonin, a mood-lifting hormone that we tend to produce less of in winter. Serotonin is a brain chemical that reduces hunger and boosts our sense of well being. When serotonin is low (which happens when you go "low carb") you become increasingly dissatisfied with both food and life, making it harder to stick to a diet. Low serotonin levels make us much more prone to nighttime munchies but when serotonin levels are high we just don't crave sweets. We need the right cards to get thin.
Carbs can boost serotonin levels but don't overdo simple carbs, like white bread or cookies, which make blood sugar soar and then crash, leaving you moodier.
scent of lavender helps (Downy has a Vanilla and Lavendar fabric softner)
Vitamin B - found in liver, yeast, wheat germ, meat. seeds, nuts, a few vegetables, whole grain breads and cereal. Never take just one of the B vitamins by itself as it will deplete some of the other required B vitamins. (B-150 complex can be found at Wal-Mart.) B vitamins are water soluble (dissolve in water) so any B vitamins not needed in your body will be excreted in the urine. Linoleic acid found in French dressing, salad oils, (2 T. a day) salad dressing, mayo, flaxseed oil, Molasses, Brewer's Yeast and wheat germ are rich in "B" vitamins
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Last edited by girltalk; 07-19-2007 at 08:46 PM.