Well, here we go with part 2 of my 3 part blog on foods and moods! If you missed part 1 you can find it here. I have a feeling I’m going to be adding even more to this topic so it may turn about to be a total of about 6-7 blogs. For now lets continue with my current focus on superfoods, stress reduction and supporting your mind and body. In part 1 I included 8 superfoods, I’m going to include another 9 in this part while continuing the count. Please note I am not stating in any way to eat these foods and not go to your doctor if you’re experiencing physical or mental symptoms that could be signs of something serious!
Here we go:
9. Pistachios – are packed with essential nutrients including high levels of magnesium (a macro-mineral needed in large amounts by the body, that many of us are low or deficient in), immunity boosting B vitamins and healthy fats to protect the heart. They are rich in: Vitamin A & E, which can help prevent inflammation that causes digestive upsets, and aches & pains. Omega oils which also reduce inflammation, encourage brain and heart health and support the immune system. Vitamin B6, essential for the supply of oxygenated blood to maintain energy levels and is also required for healthy immunity and nervous system. Protein, fiber and healthy fats, helping to balance blood sugar.
10. Apricots – these are also high in magnesium, the anti-stress mineral that decreases the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Apricots are rich in: as mentioned already, magnesium, helping to reduce heart palpitations, relax muscles, encourage restful sleep and support a healthy nervous system. Fiber, encouraging healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Beta-carotene and lycopene, 2 antioxidants that support heart health and boost immunity. Iron, for boosting immunity and energy levels.
11. Spinach – aids relaxation and promotes a feeling of calm again because of a high magnesium content. It’s rich in: Iron to fight fatigue and also help soak up excess cortisol levels in the bloodstream. Folic acid & the other B vitamins to strengthen the nervous system and memory. Fiber to balance blood sugar and boost healthy digestion. Anti-inflammatory chemicals neoxanthin and violaxanthin which reduce inflammation and pain. Peptides which help to lower blood pressure. Vitamin K, good for brain function & a healthy nervous system.
12. Sweet potatoes – their bright colour is an indicator of high antioxidant vitamins and other important chemicals that can help reduce the impact of stress on our body and mind, and prevent inflammatory conditions associated with chronic stress. Sweet potatoes are rich in: Vitamin B6, which supports the nervous system, encourages relaxation and aids in preventing heart disease. Vitamin C, helping to reduce cortisol in the body, boost immunity and ease digestion. Vitamin D for balancing moods, supporting heart & nerve health and relieving fatigue. Magnesium, promoting restful sleep and aiding in relaxation.
13. Apples – contain a host of nutrients that work to reduce the production of cortisol, help balance blood sugar and are bursting with antioxidants to support every part of your body. They are rich in: Quercetin, that supports the immune system, reduces cortisol production and strengthens brain function. Phosphorus and iron for repair of damage caused by stress. Pectin, a soluble fiber that promotes digestion and the health of the digestive tract as well as balancing blood sugar. Sulfur which supports liver function.
14. Grapes – both green and black grapes, especially the seeds and skins, contain crucial vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can alleviate the impact of stress on the body, and even relieve headaches. They are a traditional remedy for fatigue probably because of their high iron content. Grapes are rich in: Manganese & potassium, which lower blood pressure, boost immunity and help prevent depression. Resveratrol, well known for supporting heart health, lowering sugar and fat levels in the blood and reducing blood pressure. Beneficial bacteria aiding with digestion and reducing the risk of stomach ulcers. Antioxidant nutrients and chemicals that protect the heart, reduce stress related damage to cells and reduce inflammation.
15. Cherries – Both sweet and sour cherries are packed with nutrients that can affect your sense of well-being, your heart health and your risk of diabetes! Cherries can diminish headaches and other tension related aches, and protect the body against disease and the effects of stress. They are rich in: Melatonin, a calming and restful sleep hormone. Anthocyanins which are plant chemicals that block inflammation and pain from stress. Tyrosine, an amino acid that is required for quality sleep, good mood, virility and concentration. Fiber for controlling blood sugar and aiding digestion.
16. Brown rice – is an excellent source of fiber, and tryptophan, the amino acid that increases serotonin & melatonin in the body for an increased sense of well-being and deep sleep. It also acts like a brush in the digestive tract helping the absorption of nutrients. Brown rice is rich in: The B vitamins, supporting the nervous system, balancing moods and improving concentration. Manganese for a healthy nervous system and energy production. Selenium for immunity, balancing moods and nurturing heart health. Magnesium for relaxing the nervous system, reducing blood pressure, lowering the number of headaches and increasing restful sleep.
17. Mushrooms – retain their nutrients no matter how they’re cooked. They contain natural insulin to help balance blood sugar and restore a sense of calm. They are rich in: Polysaccharides shown to boost the immune system. Copper helping to produce healthy blood cells and maintain heart health. Potassium to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Niacin to support the health of the nervous system. Whole books have been written about the power of mushrooms, don’t underestimate the little fungi.
I know it’s another long blog but it’s such helpful important information. I know I’m going to make all the foods in this 3 part blog the core of my grocery list!! See you in a few days with part 3 🙂