Good Vibes: Supporting a Healthy Mood

Good Vibes: Supporting a Healthy Mood

Not in the mood? You're certainly not alone. Today's fast-paced world leaves many of us in a constant state of stress. Fortunately, you can turn that around with simple lifestyle choices, including targeted nutrition. Here are a few simple adjustments that just may change your outlook—and support your mood!

  1. Find healthy ways to manage stress

    The song was right— "Let it go." Stress puts pressure on your body and your mind. The experience of feeling overwhelmed is a complete mind-body experience, complete with tightened muscles, the release of cortisol and even an increased heartbeat. With all of that going on, no wonder you're not feeling like sunshine and rainbows! Meditation and mindfulness can help you release some of that pressure, and in the process, support your mood.

  2. Sweat it out

    Being active is just as important as finding time to relax—in fact, exercise makes it easier to release stress! Get into a routine of regular movement. Whether it's running, walking, dancing, yoga, spinning or another activity, what matters most is consistency. You'll feel the afterglow—and the mood boost—all day long.

  3. Food for your mood

    What you eat plays an important role in your emotional status. Choosing highly processed, sugary food can zap your energy levels. Meanwhile, green and chamomile teas, lemon balm, bananas and even avocado have nutrients that may lift your spirits.

General Mood Support

Keep stress at manageable levels with a healthy diet, regular exercise and supplements designed to support a healthy mood.

Mood Support Information & Research

What foods can support a healthy mood?

It’s during times of stress that many of us make unwise nutritional choices, like reaching for a bag of chips or ice cream. Rather than seeking comfort in junk food, consider healthy omega-3 rich foods that support brain health. There’s also growing evidence of a connection between the GI tract and nervous system. So supporting a healthy digestive system with probiotics may also have a positive impact on your mood health.

How can you keep yourself mindful and calm?

Mindfulness, while not a new concept, has been recently popularized due to its potential benefits. L-theanine, L-tryptophan, bioactive milk peptides, the adaptogenic herbs lemon balm, ashwagandha, holy basil, saffron, magnolia and phellodendron, and other supplements can support calmness that enables mindfulness. Conversely, practicing mindfulness in stressful situations can induce calmness.

How can L-theanine promote mood health?

L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, produces a calming effect in the brain by crossing the blood-brain barrier and supporting the production of the inhibitory amino acid GABA as well as the neurotransmitter hormone dopamine. It also promotes brain health by supporting the cells of the brain’s hippocampus, involved in memory and learning. Fortunately, we don’t have to drink large amounts of green tea to obtain a significant intake of L-theanine since the compound has been isolated and made available as a supplement.

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