Q: Jacinta writes: I’m new to juicing and am hoping to find the right combination to help aid in anxiety and depression. Any ideas?
A:Hello Jacinta! I have some mood lifting ideas for you this winter.
Overall, I love winter holidays. This is the time I cherish the most because I spend it with my family and friends; however, this year is different…
With financial crisis, some of my friends lost their jobs and cannot find a new job. Around this time, my cousin lost her husband to lung cancer.
He was only 54 years old. The feeling of sadness just thinking about him overwhelms me at times.
In my heart I know, I cannot change the past and I cannot predict the future.
But what I do know that I can employ simple strategies to be in great shape emotionally and physically by eating the following foods every week:
1. I drink at least 4 cups of green tea daily.
According to the study that was published in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers concluded that green tea contains the amino acid theanine, which can has calming and mood lifting effect. The trick is you have to drink at least 4 cups a day. Elderly Japanese men and women “who drank four or more cups of green tea daily were 44 percent less likely to have symptoms of depression”.
2. I eat a piece of wild caught salmon or any other cold-water fish few times a week.
Fish is high in omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin B12, which are known to aid in prevention of depression. These wonderful omega 3 fats plus B12 when consumed on a regular basis can make you feel happy due to mood-elevating neurotransmitter – serotonin.
Galina’s Money Saving Tip: I overpaid a lot of my good money for wild caught salmon until I discovered that Costco sells Wild Pacific Sockeye Salmon ( 3 pounds) in individually wrapped portions (5 oz-7 oz) for only $27.99. It is so affordable and convienent!
3. Happy Times Juice
I created this recipe to eliminate sadness and install happiness. It is high in folic acid and Vitamin B6. According to studies low blood levels of the above vitamins can be associated with depression. Drinking Happy Times Juice, which is high in folic acid and Vitamin B6 can actually improve your mood by raising serotonin levels.
¾ cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (high in folic acid)
2 ice cubes
1 banana (high in B6 and potassium)
Blend all the ingredients for 30 seconds. Enjoy!!!
Drink it few times a week or whenever you are feeling blue.
Caution: this juice is high in fructose and potassium, and may not be suitable for patients with the following conditions:
Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Candida Albica Infections, Chronic Renal Failure and
flare – ups of IBS/IBD.
I wish all my subscribers a very Happy and Healthy Holidays!!!