Mood-Boosting Foods: 7 Foods for Greater Happiness

Mood-boosting foods - Dr. Axe

The healthiest mood-boosting foods might not always be the first thing on your mind when you find yourself diving into a bowl of ultra-processed foods like greasy chips or crispy fried chicken. These foods may temporarily taste amazing but often leave you feeling less-than-awesome afterward. It’s our biology. Our brains are wired to turn to food to feel better. And the food industry knows how to play us. (At least it tries to by adding some of the worst ingredients into our foods.)

Our bodies actually respond to different types of foods in different ways. And some foods, like those full of “bad” carbohydrates — like white breads and pasta and deep-fried treats — can leave us feeling bloated and down in the dumps. Eating a poor diet is full of cascading effects that damage your mood. And to think that your mood plays no role in your health is a totally myth. A poor mood can actually damage your immune system, slow down weight loss and lead to tension headaches. Ouch.

Luckily, there are others that can actually improve our moods.

Feeling blue? Download my mood boosting food recipe guide here.

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Low Iron Linked with Muscle Health, Sleep Disorders, Mood, Stroke Risk, and Mitochondria

Do you have iron deficiency and not know it? Fatigue, weakness, and cold intolerance are common symptoms of low iron. Standard blood tests may not reflect early iron deficiency. There is, however, a special lab test that tells you how good your iron stores are even before extensive changes occur. This lab test is called serum ferritin. Serum ferritin levels reflect the actual amount of iron stores in the body. A depletion of iron stores indicates a functional deficiency and early iron deficiency, which can cause a variety of health disorders. There is more to low serum ferritin and iron deficiency than meets the eye.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

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13 of The Most Effective Mood Stabilizers in Natural Medicine

Pharmaceuticals prescribed for mood are among the most dangerous due to their side effects and high toxicity to brain chemicals and hormones. Medicinal plants and natural nutrients are extremely effective in promoting neurotransmitter balance while promote relaxation. Here are 13 of the most effective mood stabilizers in natural medicine.

Improved Digestion Means Improved Mood, Immunity And More

Your body’s many systems all work together to create a peaceful flow, so when one system goes off balance it can trigger a domino effect, creating a cascade of health problems that follow. One system particularly responsible for optimal well-being is your digestive system — a strong, yet delicate ecosystem that relies on the presence of good bacteria and specialized immune cells to control the presence of bad bacteria or other harmful invaders. In fact, your digestive health directly impacts your immune health, and vice versa, since 70 to 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your digestive system. (more…)

Acetyl-L-Carnitine Helps Stabilize Brain Structure & Memory

Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) has long been recognized as a top brain support nutrient, helping mood, memory, and cognitive function. A new study builds on this nutrient’s earlier Alzheimer’s research, documenting a precise mechanism to help prevent the formation of brain tangles that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s.

Tau proteins stabilize a primary structural component of nerve cells called microtubules. In conditions of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, tau proteins misbehave, essentially becoming hyperactive. Their chaotic behavior is a driving force behind the formation of the abnormal plaque-laden brain tangles that define Alzheimer’s disease. A new study shows1 that feeding rats ALC for two weeks corrected recently induced memory problems, boosted memory-promoting gene signals, while stopping the excessive behavior of tau proteins.

In this new world of scientific exploration, the power of nutrition to support human health is being documented at the gene and molecular level.

 

Thursday, July 14, 2011  –  Byron Richards, CCN

 

Referenced Studies:

  1. ^ Acetyl-L-Carnitine Protects Against Brain Tangles  J Neurochem  Jiang X, Tian Q, Wang Y, Zhou XW, Xie JZ, Wang JZ, Zhu LQ.

Boost Mood and Blow Away Fatigue With These Overlooked Vitamins

In the constellation of vitamins, D has been the rising star for the past several years. But, amid the D mania, a quieter movement has emerged as researchers and nutritionists become aware of the critical need for B vitamins, especially among those who suffer from headache, fatigue, mood, stress and menstrual disorders.

The truth is, B vitamins are real multi-taskers and are involved in many critical processes. They are sparkplugs in everything from energy metabolism to detoxification to mood to immunity and gut health. This is why it’s so important to make sure we aren’t running low. (more…)

Top Herbs for Energy, Mood and Endurance

Feeling the effects of exhaustion and stress? It’s difficult not to when the demands of life seem to be constantly increasing. Most of us just keep pushing to make it though another day and fulfill our responsibilities. Meanwhile, all that stress and energy loss is silently chipping awayat our bodies.

Support Positive Mood with a B Vitamin

Sure, there are a lot of obvious factors that could leave you feeling down in the dumps at times: a job loss, money worries, work-related stress or a nasty divorce, just to name some. And like most people, you’ve probably suffered some temporary hiccups in your day-to-day happiness over the years.

But if your mood doesn’t seem to need a good excuse to take a turn toward the gloomy—and you find yourself sad, irritable or just plain indifferent at times because of it—you might be surprised to learn that insufficient levels of just one key vitamin might be partially to blame. (more…)