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Can Food Make You Angry?

The food you eat can make you angry. It sounds strange, yet we are what we eat. It is well known that food can help a person feel better, hence we have the concept of “comfort food.” Likewise, the wrong food can bring you and others around you discomfort.

In fact there is a term that is applied to this powerful effect that food has on your mood: it is called a “food swing.” A very common impact on how a person feels and reacts is the roller coaster of blood sugar highs and lows. When a person has not eaten for a long while, he or she becomes more irritable; this condition is called hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which triggers the more primal survival part of our brains.

According to studies, people who eat trans fats, such as fried foods and heated oils, demonstrate significantly more aggressive behavior. Thus, it is no surprise that with the spread of the Westernized diet, high in processed foods and trans fats, society is becoming more dysfunctional and less harmonious. Why do trans fats mess up our moods? They rob us of our omega-3 fatty acids that normally occur in fish, nuts and seeds.

Trans Fats vs. Omega 3

There is a strong correlation between lower omega-3 fatty acid levels and increased depression and anti-social behavior. Whether you are not eating enough omega-3 fatty acid foods or eating too many trans fats, the evidence is clear: the right fat will equate to a happier mood, while the wrong fat may ruin your mood and, over the course of time, even your relationships.

The other foods to be particularly careful of are those high in sugar, particularly refined sugar, such as that found in soda pop, juice, baked goods and sweets. These foods in the short term will often raise your mood, yet as the saying goes, all that goes up must eventually come down. Sugar crashes are not only hard on your body, but cause shifts in your mood.

In conclusion:

If you are going to consume trans fats, processed foods and sugary foods, do so in moderation. In addition, make sure you are eating plenty of fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, assuming you are not allergic, and also lots of green veggies.  This will help lessen the sugar burden. Cranking up omega-3 oil intake is also critical for a healthy body and mind.

Here are some great food sources of omega-3:

  • Fresh tuna
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Oysters
  • Edamame
  • Wild rice
  • Walnuts
  • Canola oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Beans

 

Sustaining Your Energy throughout the Day in the Cold Months

Wintertime is a season that seems to drain our energy to do every day things. As we go through the last months of cold weather and welcome spring, there are some simple ways to sustain our energy and sense of wellness.

When we look at the contrast of seasons between winter and spring, many differences immediately come to mind. Using a dose of common sense and patterning to adaptive behavior, the solution to beating the winter blues and energy drain becomes apparent. Here are some easy-to-implement tools you can immediately put into place.

Light and Bright

Cold months frequently mean darker skies and more rain, which can be a pain to deal with. Many people suffer from increased aches and pains during the cooler months, in part because vitamin D levels generally fall within the human body. This is in part why SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is so prevalent. Yet, the lack of “light intensity” is a real issue in and of itself. Many individuals routinely use full spectrum light bulbs at their workstation in the form of a little desk lamp or purchase a “GoLite Blue Energy Light,” which is the same kind of technology that NASA uses for its astronauts during space shuttle missions. Simply replacing the lost light of the season can help significantly increase vitamin D levels.

Warm and Toasty

The human body expends significant energy maintaining its 37 degree Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature, whereas in warmer months, the body does not have to work so hard to keep warm. The human body only has so many energy units per day to allocate, which is based on food intake, absorption of nutrients from the GI tract and biochemical efficiency within the cells, particularly at the mitochondrial level. Hence, when output exceeds input there is an energy imbalance. Stay comfortable and warm indoors and outdoors. Cooler months are also a good time to focus on spicier foods and eating less uncooked and raw vegetables. Eating steamed vegetables is a better option.

Balancing the Diet

Spring is a time of bountiful arrays of veggies and fruits; whereas the pickings become scarcer during the winter and pre-spring months. As a result, we often eat excess amounts of processed foods that rob the body of critical energy. What is the cause of this energy loss? Heavily cooked foods that have had their enzymes impaired or completely deactivated. Thus, your digestive tract must expend more energy, producing enzymes that extract vital nutrients to sustain your wellness. The use of a digestive enzyme supplement can help during this season, as well as actively sneaking in more fruit and lightly steamed veggies.

Fuel Your Mind and Body with Zenrise®

Many people commonly look to coffee and energy drinks in order to boost their energy in the cold months. The good news is that a healthy drink alternative exists that provides all of the energy you need without the sugar crash, while also nourishing your body. Zenrise® is a mind and body energy drink that provides essential mental clarity and focus of the mind, plus highly-efficient sustained physical energy for the body. It has an exclusive combination of amino acids, minerals and vitamins and only 60 mg of caffeine. Zenrise® comes in convenient single serve packets, works within 20 minutes and last for six hours.

Increase Your Antioxidant Intake

The cold and flu season also comes with the cold months, causing our energy and health to be drained further. Hence, it is smart to keep your immune system strong to fight illness and keep your energy up. Our immune system can also be adversely affected by free radical damage, which causes our immune cells to be impaired in function. Antioxidants can help reduce free radical damage, thus helping boost your immune system. Fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and oranges and vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli are rich in antioxidants. Also, Fortris10™ is good example of a complete antioxidant supplement that you can take to reap the benefits of antioxidants, especially in cold weather.

Body in Motion

Warm weather usually encourages us to go outside and get our bodies moving. When it is cold, wet and blustery, it takes sheer determination to break inertia and gain momentum. There are several indoor activities that can reward your health greatly. First and foremost, stairs are your friend. Whether it is at a private home, place of work or other multi-story facilities, a gentle stroll up and down the stairs is guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

Socialize

Outdoor picnics and barbeques are generally not an option during cold weather. Yet finding indoor activities, such as bowling, indoor tennis, going to the gym and social gatherings, help you keep focused on the positive. Often, people feel adrift as the seasons change and our spring and summer outdoor activities are often temporarily halted. The cooler seasons are also great times to start new hobbies, join a book club, pursue spiritual and mental growth and catch up with friends and family.

Focus on Resolutions

Each year we review our lives and goals, and then resolve to make positive changes. The winter months are a great time to sharply focus on manifesting one’s goals before the warmer seasons distract us with spring fever and the desire to take a vacation.

In Conclusion

We can learn a lot about how the seasons change our behaviors and the patterns of how we live. Recognizing how changes in temperature and weather affect our body, diet and emotional wellbeing allows us to stay in harmony with seasonal changes. Employing our analytical minds and a good dose of common sense allows our body to stay in sync even though the barometer may be changing.

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