Do you find yourself worrying or being anxious because of the economy, the political issues, or just plain old every day stress?
I have found, through the years of helping customers with their nutrition needs, that a lot of people struggle with mood issues. On some days stress levels, in peoples minds, are over the top. But very few consider that what they put into their bodies had anything to do with their stress or brain health.
I’ve come up with 10 tips for better mood and good brain health:
- Exercise: We are created to move and we need 20-30 minutes a day, 5 days per week of activity to help anxiety, stress and poor mood. Exercise increases circulation to every part of the body, including the brain.
- Water: The brain is 80% water, so it is very important to drink enough water to keep the brain hydrated. Ideal water intake would be half of your body weight in ounces daily.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids: The brain in 20% fat and needs DHA found in Omega 3’s. Eat walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, or salmon daily to get Omega 3’s. If you don’t eat these foods, take Omega 3 supplements.
- Good Fats: “Eating avocados daily will keep the psychologist away,” according to Dr. Axe. For good brain health, eat half a medium avocado daily. Coconut oil also is a very good fat to nourish the brain.
- Berries: Eat organic berries daily. Blueberries are at the top of the list for powerful antioxidants. All berries are good for your brain health. According to Dr. Weil, “berries are good for good cognitive function”.
- Fiber and Probiotics: Eat 25-30 grams of fiber a day to keep toxic waste moving along. Too many toxins in the body can cause brain or mood issues. Poor mood can start in the gut, so keep your good bacteria healthy.
- Nuts and Seeds: Eaten in their raw form, are high in good fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for good brain health, which leads to better mood. Avoid hydrogenated fats that nuts can be roasted in.
- Cruciferous veggies: The cabbage family, especially broccoli, is good for preventing cancer, including brain cancer. Eat a rainbow of vegetables and greens to properly nourish your brain, improving serotonin levels.
- Sunshine: 20 to 30 minutes of sunshine a day can supply vitamin D, which supports good mood. Supplement with D in the winter months to prevent low mood or cabin fever. Doctors suggest 1 to 5,000 IU’s a day.
- Trust in God: Spend time in meditation and thankfulness every day. People who are happy generally know that there is a God greater than themselves. You will worry less when you are thankful.
There are many other reasons and remedies for good mood and better health. I’ve just given a few ideas that might help you in your quest for overcoming moodiness and having a happier brain.
Above all things I wish that you would prosper and be in good health!