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Friday, June 12, 2015

5 Natural Ways To a Positive Mood

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So many factors can affect your mood from day to day. From stress to sleep to hectic schedules—even the weather—it can be tough to catch a break. But there’s a natural way to stay positive that you might not have considered: nutrition.

Nutrients are the fuel the body uses for every function, and that goes for maintaining a positive mood. With the right fuel, even the most uncomfortable social situation or the worst night’s sleep is far less likely to take a negative toll on your mood.

Here are five all-natural ways you can boost your mood and stay just as positive all day as you do when you wake up fresh from a solid night’s sleep:

B Vitamins

Research proves that a high-quality B vitamin complex (which usually includes thiamin, folate, riboflavin, and B12) is helpful for improving mood. You’ll especially see the benefits if you’re B vitamin deficient, but it’s easy make sure you don’t become deficient by taking a daily B vitamin. Also, eating a varied, balanced diet that includes foods from all the food groups is a good start to making sure your mood is as boosted as it can be.

Green Tea

Green tea contains antioxidants called polyphenols that research suggests may help maintain a positive mood. Polyphenols are what give green tea its bitter taste, but they also have a positive effect on levels of serotonin (a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain) and the availability of dopamine (a signaling substance in brain circuits that’s crucial for creating positive mood states). So move that morning latte over and make way for a greener pick-me-up.

Omega-3s

The body and brain need a balance of fatty acids. Most of us go a little heavy on the omega-6s, which come from vegetable oils, and too light on the omega-3s, sourced most abundantly from cold-water fish. Studies suggest omega-3s can help regulate mood. Look to salmon, mackerel, and anchovies, and healthy fats like coconut oil for good sources of omega-3s. An omega-3 supplement can ensure you get a steady supply of this essential fatty acid if you’re not into fish.

L-Theanine

This amino acid, found in green tea, has a chemical structure that helps transmit nerve impulses in the brain. Some research suggests L-theanine decreases anxiety and improves cognition. It helps promote healthier, sustained energy, a state of alertness, and even helps improve learning performance, focus and mental acuity.

DMAE

Also known as dimethylaminoethanol or dimethylethanolamine, DMAE is a natural compound found in seafood that’s essential to nerve cells transmitting signals. DMAE has been reported to help elevate mood, improve memory and learning, heighten intelligence, and increase physical energy.

If it’s true that your thoughts determine your life experience, then you definitely want to start having happier thoughts and a better mood. But, if you’re finding it hard to stay positive, a poor diet or inadequate supplementation might be playing a part. Start increasing the doses of these five nutrients and you may well see a brighter side to your days.


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