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5 Top Mood Boosting Foods

Jay Diamond |

1.    Cacao – hurrah! 

High level cacao chocolate is extremely good for you. Your average shelf variety – not so much. Go for 80% plus, or raw chocolate to rein in the benefits of cacao. It’s high in magnesium, which helps to regulate progesterone levels – the hormone responsible for PMS mood swings. There’s a good reason you’re craving it, but most ‘commercial’ chocolate is cooked at high temperatures with many added ingredients which strips the cacao of it’s benefits. 

Magnesium is also great healer for the pituitary gland and endocrine system and it is essential in balancing the brain’s chemistry. Amen to that. 

It contains  the chemical phenylethylamine (PEA) – which is released into the body when we fall in love! It can activate serotonin and norepinephrine, and that makes you feel happs. You find this in the raw variety, as it’s heat sensitive. 

Argenine – this amino acid dilates blood vessels, and can activate sexual arousal – yes folks, it’s an aphrodisiac. Need I say more? 

As a cacao ceremony practitioner I can strongly attest to the powerful healing effects of this beautiful medicine. Her spirit is strong & powerful.

2.    Oranges & mango

Vitamin C is not only great for your immune system, but it has been shown to decrease depressive symptoms by helping your body recover faster form stress and stop the build up of free radicals. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition showed positive results in hospital patients

So starting your day with some orange and mango with raw or coco yogurt could be a good call with one of those plinky fizzy supplements in some water (provided the plinky fizzy isn’t full of crap!)…

3.    Mash

The humble potato has had a bad wrap of late. They are high on the glycemic index, meaning they can cause your blood sugar to rise rapidly then fall activating insulin to convert that sugar to fat. But, they do contain more potassium than a banana, B vitamin and magnesium.

Importantly though potato can help to release the serotonin in your brain, which can make you feel better if you are stressed.

I know a number of people who literally crave mash, and it has to be a better option than roadrage.

4.    Brazil nuts

Studies have linked depression to low selenium levels, so top up with 3 Brazil nuts for a daily dose, or grains!

Nom nom nom

5.    Spinach

Deficiencies in B vitamins have been linked to depression –the production of serotonin – that good ol’ happy chemical –  is reduced by low B vitamin levels in the body – folate, B3, 6 & 12 are especially important.

So, get those leafy greens down you to perk up. Salads & stir frys with kale, spinach and broccoli will do you the world of good. Organic is best, if not

6.    Tequila

Wait? Didn’t she say 5? And foods? Well yes, but,

Tequila.. it makes you happy; no?

Just don’t drink too much and undo all your hard work!

Jay Diamond

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