7 Best Natural Foods to Lift your mood instantly
It’s natural that people feel down from time to time. Stress, dismal circumstances, or simply bad weather – there are a lot of reasons why our mood spirals downward. However, there are ways to prevent that. A nutritious diet and regular exercise will do wonders for your state of mind. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, then you can start working out at home. We provide a natural way to uplift your mood whenever you feel bad – by eating well.
Most people link chocolate with happiness, and for a good reason. Some people even say that the feeling of being loved is equal to eating a lot of chocolate, which is somewhat true. Anyhow, let’s get down to science – what does natural dark chocolate do to our system when eaten?
Plainly said, it makes the stress build up at a slower pace. Dark chocolate reduces the stress hormone called cortisol, so it’s only natural that we feel good after going at it. Strictly speaking, 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every few days and you’re sure to feel good.
Our Recommendation to lift your mood instantly: Dark chocolate can be eaten whenever. Take 1.4 ounces before or after your meal, but even if you don’t feel like eating at all, take a bite.
- Bread and food that’s high in carbohydrates
If you go with this, you might not such rapid results as with chocolate. However, eating a lot of carbs will improve your mood by a long shot substantially. It’s not so obvious, but there’s a lot of science in eating food which is high in carbs.
The leaching of serotonin (which is a special chemical that makes us feel happy and relaxed) is prescribed to these foods, and if you’re a bodybuilder or into fitness, don’t listen to the controversial myths about carbs being bad for you – they’re good for you.
Our Recommendation to lift your mood instantly: Combine – eat a dish that’s comprised of bread and other food that’s high in carbohydrates such as beans or yogurt.
- Whole foods, fruits, and vegetables
This category of feel-good-food is entirely up to you – there are people who don’t like certain vegetables, but it’s a different story with fruits. The reason why this category of food is certain to lift your mood is because of the vitamins and antioxidants.
Going into the science mode, Omega-3 acid (fish have these in abundance), Folate and B vitamin (beans), and other vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables directly affect our neurotransmitters.
Simply speaking, by eating healthy we purify our body from all the negative factors which can dampen our mood.
Our Recommendation to lift your mood instantly: A salad is a vitamin bomb – doesn’t matter if it’s fruit or vegetables.
We mentioned fish in the earlier section, but it deserves more respect since it’s one of the foods that affect our mood greatly. The science behind it is that our body can’t produce the Omega-3’s on its own and it’s one of the key factors when it comes to our mood. Dopamine & Serotonin go hand in hand with feeling good.
If we’re to break down the exact process which happens upon the ingestion of fish in our organism, we could say that we receive a major boost of these chemicals which lifts us up as the result.
Our Recommendation to lift your mood instantly: Salmon tastes really good and it will definitely improve your mood. If you’re out of fish and too lazy to go out and buy some, even by seasoning other food with fish oil might do the trick.
Even though it can’t be considered as food, Saffron can be very good for seasoning your food. Originally, it’s a flower which can be powered to produce an edible spice for your meals. Saffron doesn’t provide us with a mood-boost, but it clears the way for our neurotransmitters which makes the feel-good chemicals travel faster, thus reaching the brain more easily.
Our Recommendation to lift your mood instantly: Spice your food up with some saffron powder and enjoy.
Coconut and Coconut Oil are perfect for when you feel under the weather. You might be surprised at the notion that the coconut is able to lift our spirits with as much as its scent. Smelling it reduces the pace at which your heart pulses while ingesting it also reduces stress and improves the blood circulation.
Our Recommendation to lift your mood instantly: As mentioned before, you can lift your spirits up by simply smelling a coconut.
It’s pretty common knowledge that drinking tea helps soothe the nerves. That feeling of comfort you get by taking a sip of tea is a result of increased alertness in your brain which was produced by Theanine – a kind of amino acid that is found in most teas. It would be even better if you combine it with a cup of coffee because the caffeine works wonders in unison with theanine.
Our Recommendation to lift your mood instantly: A cup of tea in the morning and in the evening a day and you will feel blessed.
Cold- Q Oral Spray - Product Review
I was recently sent the cold-Q oral spray to try. Which is 100% natural. It's pesticide/heavy metal free. Its also non-gmo. They sent me a 20ml bottle. Cold-Q enhancement is a unique oral spray that is made up of a proprietary formula of natural herbs, designed to be delivered to the back of the throat. This special formula is composed of herbs that are listed on Health Canada's Traditional Chinese Medicine Ingredient (TCMI) monograph.
Although I have not been sick I had my boyfriend test it out (he got sick) at the time the bottle arrived. Unlike most sprays of this nature that can be harsh or numbing he found this to be refreshing and cooling on the back of his throat. He felt relief from it and definitely used it every day until he felt better.
The spray was easy to use he said. All you have to do is simply shake the bottle, rotate the point so that it points upwards at a 45 degree angle, tilt your head back and spray 5 times into the back of your throat. They recommend you do this 3 times a day. They also recommend that you wait 30 minutes after spraying before eating or drinking.
My boyfriend and I highly recommend this natural product and find it to be a great solution to relief when you are sick. It was safe, convenient and easy to use. You can also stash it in your purse or pocket easily. For more information visit www.coldq.com
Thanks again at Cold-Q for allowing me to test out your product and helping my boyfriend feel better!
I want to make my blog a little bit more intimate. As some of you who have been following me for a while know that as of this year I started competing in Figure Competitions within the Ontario Physique Association OPA.
I was previously with Bombshell Fitness. Where my coach had me training and competing for bikini category. Although I love bikini. My body seemed more suitable for NPC bikini than bikini here in the OPA. I decided to switch to local coaching and saught out the best of the best. Sean Tierney of Team Trex. We both concluded that I would be more suited for figure than I was bikini. I also began coaching with Team Trex. So if anyone reading this is thinking of doing a competition feel free to contact me about it. I will give you all the information for you to get started with me as your coach!
Anyway back to the point. The intense training/prep was much different than what I had been doing commenced. For my first show my coach and I decided to go the natural stream. I did a regional show. This show as held in Barrie. I placed second in my category and qualified for provincials to be held two weeks following in London. Where I placed 5th which qualified me for natural provincials.
Im still learning the sport, the judging and the reasoning behind placings. And I know I have a lot of growth and development to do physically to get to where I want to go in the sport. With that being said the training, dieting along with living my life with regular work etc was not easy. It was hard. I struggled with the diet the most. Not the training. When I don't have carbs I feel deprived for some reason when in fact the opposite is suppose to happen because your body produces keytones. This time around I plan on being even more detailed with my diet and hydration. Drinking 4L of water a day isn't easy either.
Im currently sitting 10 weeks out from the OPA Gala. This is an Open show. Not a natural one. I am really excited about this show and I can't wait to bring an enhanced package. An unforgettable one I hope. I have some weight to lose. I know it sounds crazy but stage ready is a whole different level of fitness than fit for life. Or even fit for a photo shoot. This lifestyle of competing is not for every one.
Im going to try and update you all as much as I can with my schedule on how everything is going. There are ups and downs but thats what makes sport magically! Competitors lifestyles are tough but I know I can achieve much more in this sport if I really put my mind to it! And if I inspire some of you along the way to compete, go to the gym or even just become more active will be reward enough for me!
Top Foods To Reduce Pain Naturally
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Food is loaded with natural ingredients that will help reduce inflammation and keep you healthy. These natural ingredients can help address what might be causing inflammation and pain in the first place. Keeping your diet natural can help increase mobility. By adding in natural health supplements like Genuine Health FAST pain relief+, your body won’t quit unless you do.
Ginger fights pain and inflammation on two different fronts. It can stop inflammation before it ever starts by inhibiting the formation of inflammatory compounds in your body, and it has anti-inflammatory effects that can help reverse the inflammation process once it starts.
Pineapples are a super-rich source of vitamin C, which helps fight the free radical damage that contributes to the joint pain and disability that can accompany osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Salmon and Sardines
It’s the high concentration of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids that make cold-water fatty fish like salmon and sardines effective pain-fighting foods. Omega-3s may reduce risk of inflammatory-related chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants. We’ve been growing it for over 5,000 years! Garlic is rich in sulfur-containing compounds that give it its distinctive smell, but also its health benefits. These sulfur-containing compounds help protect you against both inflammation and oxidative stress.
Yes, the avocado is fatty, but it is mostly monounsaturated (healthy) fats. And remember, it’s not fat that makes you fat. Sugar does. Avocado is a perfectly balanced food! it’s got healthy fat, fibre and protein! Avocados even have a special type of fats (phytosterols) that provide important anti-inflammatory benefits to our body systems.
The important thing to remember is that not all natural supplements are created equally. Ever heard of natural eggshell membrane? Sometimes referred to as NEM? Only Genuine Health products carry Biovaflex, a form of NEM.
What is BiovaFlex? - It is a natural health ingredient found in egg membrane that includes collagen, elastin, desmosine, isodesmosine, glucosamine and chondroitin. In a nutshell, it improves cartilage strength and elasticity helping to joints to be more mobile without pain.
For mild joint pain, FAST joint care+ includes all that you need and of course contains Biovaflex. For more severe pain and osteoarthiris, Genuine Health has fast arthritis relief+ which also contains Avovida (from avocados) and Bromelain (from pineapple) which are proven to increase that joint space while the BiovaFlex builds the cartilage back. They also have fast pain relief+ which is a great alternative to everyday pain medication and works in as little as two hours for headaches and cramps. All using whole food based ingredients!
FAST joint care+
FAST joint care+ provides effective relief from joint pain and inflammation – naturally. Made with the patented and proven ingredient Biovaflex® natural eggshell membrane, its formula provides the fastest, most effective way to improve mobility and range of motion due to osteoarthritis joint pain and joint stiffness.
· Fast, natural pain relief that works in 5 days
· Increases mobility and range of motion with noticeable reduction in inflammatory markers like C Reactive protein
· Helps build joint cartilage, while improving long-term joint health
· 1 veggie capsule per day
FAST pain relief+
FAST pain relief+ is the latest all-natural, clinical strength supplement to help relieve acute pain, such as headaches, back pain, muscle aches and chronic flare-ups. Made with the unique combination of Biovaflex® natural eggshell membrane, Devil's Claw (a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient), and White Willow Bark (nature’s Aspirin), FAST pain relief+ gives you the fastest, most targeted and effective way to manage your pain.
· Fast, natural pain relief that works in 2 hours
· Targets acute pain and can prevent chronic flare-ups
· Non-drowsy with no negative side effects reported
· 3 veggie capsules per day
Larabar Lemon - Add Zest To Your Life
Larabar was founded by Lara Merriken in May of 2000. She believed that food should be fun, enjoyable and good for you. She tinkered with recipes an d made her own Larabar bars. She discovered how natural foods enlivened her mind, body and spirit and wanted to share that with the world.
Trends have changed over the years and Larabar has become even more popular because people are actively seeking out foods that are not derived from artificial flavours, sugar or high sodium while they are still looking for great taste. The Lara bars are also gluten free, non-geo, dairy free, vegan and kosher! Each bar contains no more than 9 ingredients and they are minimally processes and as close to their natural state as possible.
I came home last week and to my surprise there was not 1 but 2 packages at my door. I was lucky enough to receive not only the new special edition flavour of Larabar Lemon, but a sample box of flavours including cashew, peanut butter, apple, coconut cream, peanut butter chocolate chip, cocoa coconut chew, chocolate chip, chocolate brownie and blueberry. On top of the samples I also got my very own lemons and tree! This was a little confusing. There also was a bag of dates, cashews and almonds in the box.
Why were all these things included in my package? Why to make my own bars! Thats how little additive ingredients there are in Larabars that I can literally make my own lemon bar with just a food processor, parchment paper, rolling pin and a knife! How cool is that!
There was a little instruction card telling me to place all of the ingredients provided in a food processor and pulse until blended. Once the dough is formed put it into a disc with my hands and roll out between two pieces of parchment paper to my desired thickness. Then cut off excess edges and slice them into bars!
Thank you Larabar for sending me this amazing package. My lemon tree is now soaking up the sun in my living room window and my boyfriend and I are going to enjoy the delicious bars and our homemade zesty lemon bars!
The lemon is available for a limited time only in local grocery stores and online. To find out more about Larabar visit www.larabar.ca