MAKE THE PERFECT JUICE
Feeling sad, anxious, sleepy, angry? Include these ingredients when juicing and boost your mood the natural way.
AVOCADO CAN EASE ANXIETY AND STRESS THANKS TO THE B VITAMINS IT CONTAINS THAT HELP BOOST THE LEVELS OF SEROTONIN IN THE BRAIN.
IT’S FUN AND ENJOYABLE, BUT HOW DO
you make sure you make the perfect juice for your present mood? Here are some pointers for when…
You’re feeling sluggish:
Coffee isn’t the only beverage that will perk you up. A healthy option is juice that contains nut milk. Studies show that nuts offer various benefits, such as boosting your concentration. Berries are antioxidant powerhouses and have also been shown to increase focus. According to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your diet could ward off memory loss.
You’re feeling sad:
Essential ingredients in your juice for when you’re blue are dark green, leafy vegetables. They contain Vitamin B6, a lack of which has been linked to higher incidences of depression. When buying, keep in mind that the more intensely coloured the vegetable, the more nutrients it has.
You’re feeling anxious:
Avocado can ease anxiety and stress thanks to the B Vitamins it contains that help boost the levels of serotonin in the brain. (Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences mood. Low levels cause anxiety, insomnia and depression.)
You’re feeling cranky:
Know that saying “a hungry man is an angry man?” If you’re irritable, this could be a sign that your body needs fuel! Sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate, a food group that has been shown to boost energy and serotonin levels (making you less cranky).
You’re feeling upbeat:
Of course, you want to maintain that high. Cacao has antioxidants which not only improves thinking skills, but also boosts moods. Another good source is apples.
You’re feeling bloated:
Papaya can help ease bloating caused by constipation. It has an enzyme called papain that serves many digestive functions including the breakdown of protein. Pineapple, which has an enzyme called bromelain, also improves digestion.
NB: Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, exercising and having ample sleep is the best way to beat stress and ward off diseases.