Got the Blues?  You Are What You Eat

Food has the amazing ability to enhance your moods. Certain foods can excite you to help with motivation. Others can provide relaxation when you need it. That’s because many foods contain substances that break down during the digestive process to affect neurotransmitters, the chemicals in

Cold water, salmon is good for your heart and good for your mood.

Salmon for a Good Mood and Heart

the brain’s network that regulate moods. As a result, your emotions and behaviors can change.

A lack of certain nutrients may cause blue moods or even depression. Researchers, for example, have found deficiencies of omega-3 fatty acids in some people with depression and mood swings, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you’re feeling down, you might try cold-water fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines or herring, which contain rich amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts and flaxseeds also have omega-3s.

Deficiencies in folic acid, a B complex vitamin, may lead to depression. A lack of folic acid lowers serotonin levels in the brain and may cause sad feelings. Eating green vegetables and fruit, which contain folic acid, may improve your moods. Low levels of selenium may result in anxiety, depression or irritability. Selenium, an antioxidant that researchers believe also fights certain cancers, can be found in whole grains, legumes, beef, poultry, fish, Brazil nuts and walnuts.

Foods can also be used to help you through your daily routine. Ever wonder why folks throughout the generations have started their morning with meat and eggs for breakfast? It’s because dairy products and meat, along with fish and poultry, are rich in protein. High-protein foods help boost energy, but protein also breaks down into amino acids to improve mental alertness. Tyrosine, an amino acid from protein, travels from the bloodstream to the brain where it helps increase levels of neurotransmitters, including dopamine and epinephrine, which lift moods to improve your

Roast turkey is an excellent source of the relaxant, tryptophan.

Turkey - A Great Midnight Snack

concentration.

Carbohydrate-rich foods, such as whole grain bread and pasta, potatoes, rice and corn, work best for moods during an evening meal or when you want to relax. Carbohydrates help release more tryptophan, an amino acid, into the brain where it converts into serotonin. An increase in serotonin levels provides you with calming effects and even improves your sleeping patterns.   If  you don’t eat carbs, you can get even more relaxing tryptophan from turkey meat.  See another Jerry Shaw article on controlling your moods naturally, this one through exercise.

Blizzard??  It Must Be Global Warming!

The Northeast was hammered again with snow and what could possibly be the cause? Global warming, insist some. How else could you

Car after car totally covered by snow and there is no way to tell which car is which as some poor soul tries to figure out which one is his

Which Car is Mine??

explain a snowstorm in January? No matter what happens in this ever-endangered world of ours, global warming, used interchangeably with climate change, seems to be the culprit.

If it’s too hot, it’s global warming. Too cold? Global warming. When the weather stays the same, it’s global warming. Global warming or climate change means everything and nothing. In that sense, global warmists tend to follow the thought patterns of the ever-dwindling Freudian psychologists, who preached that you were mentally disturbed because you hated your parents. If you happened to love your parents, it was because you loved them too much. The advice meant everything; therefore it meant nothing.

The warmest decade on record was the 1930s, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The hottest year was 1934, long before SUVs. It’s a good bet the coldest year was 1977 when it snowed for the only time in recorded history in South Florida. But that was when we feared global freezing.

Before global warming and climate change, we had the acid rain scare, allegedly caused by man-made pollutants. Sound familiar? That resulted in a $500-million, 10-year federal study, called the National Acid Rain Precipitation Assessment Project, which basically concluded that acid rain was not an environmental problem and was mostly due to natural causes unrelated to human inventions. When was the last time you heard someone mention acid rain? That didn’t stop the passing of the so-called Clean Air Act, which did little to clean air, but added plenty of federal agencies, do-nothing bureaucrats and regulations at a heavy cost to taxpayers and consumers.

Granted, pollution can be a problem, especially in densely populated cities. It can and has been dealt with through common sense approaches. But

Virtually no cars on the street, a man in his cross country skies, is skiing in New York City

Cross Country Skiing in the City

modern-day ingenuity, changing entire species, or uprooting geographical locations in much the same way the volcanic island of Krakatoa did in 1883, also before SUVs? Ever wonder why every “solution” to these alleged earth-shattering problems necessitates more government regulations, more federal agencies and higher taxes? Ever wonder why the top spreaders of environmental doom are earning six-figure salaries, as they jump from one tax-funded agency or organization to another, usually traveling around the country to wail about the pollution spewed from the comfy jets they fly in? As we’ve been saying since Watergate, follow the money.