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


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.

Stay Young with Exercise, Weight Loss, and Yoga

Want to rid yourself of the side effects of aging?   The multi-million dollar anti-aging industry promises you that shots of human growth hormones,

estrogen creams, sleep induced supplements, herbal preparations and progesterone or testosterone gels to improve your libido will make you feel

Woman remains still as physcian injects botox in the area of her face between her eyebrows.

Expensive Injections Every Three Months - Ouch!

younger and more energetic to restore your youth.

Although you might think you can prevent age-related diseases, improve sleep, lose weight, gain muscle mass and boost your sex drive, many anti-aging products are unproven.  According to Arlene Weintraub, the title of her book,  “Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old – and Made Billions” says it all.
Estrogen products may even increase risks of cancer and stroke.  Some wrinkle creams and Botox have been FDA approved.  But even they contain warnings on their labels about potential health hazards.  Many medical experts believe it is only safe to take anti-aging regimens in small doses over a short period of time.  Check out reputable websites, such as the FDA or the

Before and after weight loss tells it all as she has noticably lost at least 45 pounds.

Before and After - WOW!

National Women’s Health Network to find out the safety of anti-aging products.

Aside from approved products and cosmetic surgery, which improves physical appearance, it may be best to focus on natural anti-aging solutions. Diet, exercise and lifestyle routines provide you energy and youthful vigor you need. Feeling old is often a feeling of fatigue.  It may be caused by not eating right or staying active.

Elderly couple having a wonderful time and exercising too while bicycling.

Bicycling: Feeling Like a Kid Again

Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, low in fat and calories, avoids tiredness and sleeping difficulties.  Developing a healthy eating pattern improves sleep to feel more energetic as you wake up and throughout the day.  Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and physical activity for as little as 30 minutes a day boosts your energy levels. Excess pounds only increase your feelings of tiredness and fatigue.

Avoid stress and anxiety in your life through stress-management techniques. Stress and anxiety are often natural occurrences from time to time.  Although it may seem difficult to avoid tension through stress-management

Eighty plus lady seems suspended in air while practicing yoga.

Eighty Plus and Going Strong!

techniques, anti-stress methods can be easily incorporated into your everyday life.

Take necessary break periods during difficult times and go for a brisk walk or do some bike riding.  Daily exercises can be that simple.  Enjoy yoga or meditation classes with friends.  Practice these meditative exercises on your own at home to relieve stress.  Aromatherapy, massage or just listening to soft music can provide calming effects that reduce stress and anxiety.   Natural solutions bring natural anti-aging benefits.
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