We are all feeling the stresses and strains as a result of 3rd Lockdown. Many of us are feeling fed up and wondering when we can all get back to normal again. In times like this it’s good to try to incorporate some good food to boost your mood. I am a huge fan of juicing and find it really beneficial when I am feeling sluggish, down or just a bit off. What many people don’t realize is that certain foods can naturally boost your mood and put a spring in your step. I am a huge fan of Jason Vale, Joe Cross and the Medical Medium among many others, so wanted to share this list of top 10 Juicing Ingredients to get you feeling a bit better in yourself.
The biggest reason citrus fruits can be such great mood booster is because of the large amounts of vitamin C. A deficiency of this vitamin, which much be replenished within the body on a daily basis, has been associated with irritability, depressive moods and generally low levels of energy. The instant burst of vitamin C that fruits like oranges and grapefruits provide is like a fast track antidote to reduced energy levels and blue mood.
Bananas are high in vitamins B6, A, and C, which combined with high levels of fiber, tryptophan, potassium, and healthy carbohydrates make for a great mood enhancer.
Coconuts contain medium-chain triglycerides that our bodies’ process and use as brain fuel. Even the scent of coconut has been shown to reduce stress levels and lower anxiety. It is a very minimally processed food that will provide you with a boost in energy and mood.
On top of being a mood booster, ginger has been shown to improve memory and clarity. Ginger boosts serotonin levels in your body, which in turn enhance your mood.
Because kale is chocked full of magnesium, it is one of the best natural anti-depressant foods around. It’s also rich in iron, chlorophyll, B vitamins, and Vitamins A and C. Eating nutrient-dense foods, like kale, has been directly linked to improved mood health, depression relief, and lower amounts of anxiety.
Just the smell of lemon can boost your mood and brighten your outlook on the day. Give this a try each morning or afternoon and see what kind of effect it has on you.
Mango contains vitamin B6 which, like ginger, increases serotonin levels in your body. In turn, your mood is elevated and you should have a better general sense of well-being after eating a mango.
Many consume chamomile in the form of chamomile tea. Chamomile is known to have a calming effect and be another natural anti-depressant. Drink Chamomile tea to see a boost in mood and relaxation.
Asparagus is full of folate, a B vitamin that can lift your spirits and help ward off irritability. Asparagus also contains high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid linked to improved moods.
Among many other essential nutrients, Cacao contains anandamide, which is a mood enhancing compound (actually referred to as the bliss molecule) that can give you a sense of euphoria when consumed.
Eating a healthy, nutrient-based diet – including juicing – surely will not solve all of your life problems. It also may not completely turn your attitude around, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to try these foods in hopes of boosting your mood. At the very least, you will be providing your body with essential nutrients it needs on a daily basis.
I would love to hear how you get on and if you notice any changes in your mood. Before embarking on any major lifestyle changes its important to check with your doctor if you have any underlying health conditions.