MAKE THE PER­FECT JUICE

Feel­ing sad, anx­ious, sleepy, an­gry? In­clude these in­gre­di­ents when juic­ing and boost your mood the nat­u­ral way.

Healthy Woman - - NUTRITION JUICING -

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.

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