Foods that boost your mood.

 
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By Julia

Sometimes, you just have those days when you wake up and you know things are going to be rough. You feel sluggish, irritable, overwhelmed or like you just want to pull the covers over your head and start over tomorrow. You might feel like that even more when the seasons change. The easy, breezy days of summer are replaced by falling leaves, chillier temperatures and less sunlight. And even though we know it’s coming, we’re still never quite ready for it.

But there’s good news. Regardless of what’s bringing you down, there’s something you can do to boost your mood. You can eat! “Well duh.” you’re probably thinking. But I don’t mean raiding the fridge and binging on cookie dough or anything you can find. I mean eating quality foods that can help improve hormone levels and make us feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Sure, they’re not cookie dough or pizza, but fruits and veggies can be filling and delicious. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals that help strengthen our bodies.

Stock up on fruit that’s rich in Vitamin C such as lemons, oranges, kiwis and raspberries. These are important because Vitamin C helps fight physical apathy and fatigue. It is also a good ally to protect against temperature changes and quite possibly the flu.

Another fruit that I highly recommended for this time of the year is pomegranate because it has citric acid. You can either eat the seeds or drink the juice. Regardless of how you like it, pomegranate is rich in citric acid, which is good for boosting the immune system. Furthermore, citric acid can help strengthen hair follicles, prevent their loss and also improve circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. So if you notice more hair loss during the transition from summer to fall, you might want to add pomegranate to your diet.

Grapes are also ideal for this time of year because they contain potent antioxidants just like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Also, grapes have detoxifying and depurative qualities, which will help us to cleanse all of the excess of summer.

On the veggie side, mushrooms can help you feel better. They’re rich in micronutrients such as iodine, phosphorus, copper, iron, and precursors of vitamin D and vitamin B. they also help in immunity enhancing effects. If you’re not a fan of chomping on them raw, try them sautéed or in soup.

FATTY FISH FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon or tuna, is fantastic for the brain because it is rich in all the important Omega 3 fatty acids. These are vital for the brain (which is composed of 60 percent fat) primarily to support the production of neurotransmitters that control our emotions, memory and concentration.

These fats also help reduce inflammation, which, according to some research, may be present to a greater extent in some people with depression. Mackerel is the best option, according to specialists, because it also contains less mercury than other oily fish, which can benefit the brain in the long term.

EGGS

In addition to protein, eggs also provide calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and vitamins A, D, E and K (in only 80 calories). The egg is one of the most nutrient-dense foods that exist and is a crucial part of the “happiness diet.”

NUTS

Research suggests that walnuts could have properties that influence mood because they’re rich in vitamin B, protein, and selenium. Selenium is a mineral that can positively influence mood, and studies suggest that diets rich in this mineral promote a clearer mind, greater self-confidence, less anxiety and less confusion.

PINEAPPLE

Pineapple is a very versatile exotic fruit, which can be added to salads and pizzas. It seems to help with the production of serotonin, which helps improve mood and regulate sleep.

OATMEAL

Oatmeal is a cereal rich in proteins that contain many antioxidants and vitamins and, thanks to this, has many benefits for both physical and emotional health. Regarding the latter, it provides vitality, that is, and helps combat tiredness and low levels of energy. In this sense, it also improves the mood.

These are just a few of the foods that can help chase away the blues and put you in a better mood. If you’re not crazy about the ones on the list, let us know what your favorite natural mood-boosting food is.


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Foods that are good for hair follicle health

 
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By Julia

Throughout the year, you might see changes with your bio hair that might include, lack of brightness, shedding or your hair looking harsh and dry. This might be due to hormonal changes, hygiene habits, stress or nutritional deficiencies.While some of the factors are beyond your control, there is something you can do when it comes to a diet that may be lacking important vitamins and minerals.

Hair is composed of protein and other minerals such as magnesium, silicon and copper. In order to keep your bio hair strong and healthy, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet full of these nutrients is essential. Here’s a quick guide to the foods that can possibly help strengthen the hair you have and promote good follicle health.

Salmon

The lack of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can cause hair to become dry. Omega-3 fatty acids give life to the hair by keeping it silky and shiny. It also feeds the hair follicles and can help stimulate hair growth. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Numerous scientific studies have shown that the regular consumption of these acids reduces the telogen time, that is to say, the rest phase of the hair follicles posterior to the catagen. Thus, eating foods rich in omega-3 can help revive growth. Also, salmon is also rich in vitamin B12 and iron, which will also help in this direction.

Oysters

Oysters are not just an exquisite dish, but they’re also good for our hair. It’s a zinc-rich food that helps our hair grow faster and brighter. Just eat oysters to get the recommended dose of this mineral.

Eggs

Eggs are rich in protein and have a significant amount of vitamin B12. Eggs are also rich in B vitamins, especially biotin (vitamin B8). The yolk is very rich in fats and is a humectant by nature. The nutrients in eggs are vital for having beautiful hair. Biotin protects and fortifies the roots of hair; it prevents hair loss and can enhance shine. Biotin can also delay the appearance of gray or white hair. If you consume eggs on a regular basis, your hair can grow stronger than ever and very quickly.

Yogurt

Natural yogurt contains more ingredients to nourish your hair inside and out. Yogurt is ideal for dry and lifeless hair or hair damaged by dyes or excessive heat styling.

Citrus and Vitamin C

Lemon, orange, grapefruit and all fruits rich in vitamin C promote hair growth and help keep it healthy, smooth and hydrated. Vitamin C supports the production of collagen, the main protein that contributes to the formation of fibers and connective tissue of mammals. Collagen is essential to keep hair healthy.

Carrots

Carrots are rich in vitamins E, C, potassium and beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals). In turn, beta-carotene it is transformed by the liver into vitamin A, which helps produce the oils that keep the scalp hydrated.

Foods to Avoid

On the other hand, some foods can be very bad for the hair. Among them are fried foods, refined foods with excess saturated fats and products with hydrogenated fats or processed oils. All these foods contribute to an increase in testosterone levels, which can increase dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. This means that the hair follicles shrink and grow increasingly thin and weak.

It is also advisable to avoid carbohydrates of the high glycemic index, or fast sugars, since an excessive consumption of them creates cellular inflammation, which is harmful to capillary health. Furthermore, avoid restrictive diet that induces malnutrition and any diet that’s deficient in iron and vitamin B12. Also, try to avoid drinking caffeine or carbonated drinks. Opt for water instead. It can help keep your hair and scalp hydrated. It can also help prevent dandruff and Dermatitis Seborrhea.


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