Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Juicing - the Anti-Depressant

Aside from certain chemical imbalance based depression, juice really can "make you happy!"

A study done by the University of Warwick in conjunction with Dartmouth College (2012) found that within a group of over 80,000 individuals, "Happiness and mental health rise in an approximately dose-response way with the number of daily portions of fruits and vegetables. While in some cases it rounds out at the recommended five per day, well-being appears to peak at seven."

What a testimony to the affects of diet on mental health and well-being!  And what better way to start enhancing that diet to include adequate/increased portions of fresh produce...?  JUICING!

Here are a few ingredients to consider that will have the highest and quickest mood-enhancing properties:

  • Citrus - these fruits pack a bright and joyful flavor as well as an aroma that will naturally brighten mood
  • Mango - the satisfying flavor and texture of this fruit make for a long lasting and sustained energy boost
  • Lemon Balm - an herb known to brighten mood through steeping in hot water
  • Ginger - helps to stimulate the body from the inside out, increasing blood flow, digestion and mood
  • Chamomile - an herb known to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety through steeping in hot water
A simple juice combo for depression:

Be Happy Juice
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Mango (pitted)
  • 2 Handfuls Spinach
  • 1/4 cup steeped and cooled chamomile, ginger and lemon balm tea
Want some movement to go along with your juice?  Try these 6 yoga poses to help open the body, mind and spirit to the happiness that awaits you!
  1. Child Pose
  2. Forward Bend
  3. Legs Up On Wall
  4. Cat Pose
  5. Back Bend
  6. Hand Stand

As usual, please consult your physician or health care professional with questions or advice about current medications or affects.

1 comment:

  1. Is there any kinds of power juice that could prevent osteoporosis or just strengthen bones, probably veg's w/ lots of calcium, I was just wondering if there are any teas or herbs that I dont' know about to add to it, and suggestions for fruits and vegetable or foods that could make a awesome bone strengthening juice. Thank, Lilly J.