Depression vs. Food: What to Eat and What to Avoid?

What we eat affects our overall well-being, it’s something everybody knows. We know which foods are good or bad for our kidneys, heart and liver, but can our diet help us feel better, less stressed and depressed? According to both nutritionists and psychiatrists, there is indeed connection between food and mood. So, what eating habits can make us more energized and happier? On the other hand, what food choices can bring us down? Keep on reading to find out!

What to Avoid?

Before we focus on foods that may help you stop feeling blue, it’s of high importance to know what to avoid in your meals. Sugar and other refined carbohydrates are perhaps the first on the list when it comes to foods that can make you feel depressed, as shown in numerous studies. Because they cause spikes and drops in blood sugar levels, even if they are tasty (and they usually are), refined white starches and simple sugars won’t help your mood. Although you’ll get a burst of energy after eating a candy or white bread, soon enough you’ll feel cranky and tired. In addition to high sugar and gluten content, processed foods in general are rich in other ingredients associated with poor mood and irritability, such as trans-fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, etc.

Furthermore, you should leave off or, at least, limit alcohol consumption, because alcoholic beverages can disturb your sleep and depress you. Continue Reading

7 Natural and Safe Remedies That Increase Brain Power

Can you always remember each item you need to pick up from a local grocery store? Do you have trouble remembering where you have left your car/home keys? Are you frustrated because important dates and appointments slip your mind? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it’s high time you do something to boost your memory and cognitive function. Let’s present you seven natural and safe remedies that increase brain power.

1. Rosemary is one of the most common herbs used to boost memory. Pour boiling water over dried (or fresh) rosemary (1 tsp) and leave it for approx. 5 minutes. After straining, you could add some honey or sugar for taste. Drink this tea every day for several weeks.

2. Coconut oil keeps brain cells healthy and improves cognitive function and memory. It is highly recommended to use it for cooking and baking, but eating 1 tsp of virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil on a daily basis is even better for your brain health.

3. Almonds are an incredible remedy to enhance brainpower and memory, because of their high omega-3 fatty acids content. Soak a handful of almonds in water for a couple of hours. After you peel their skin, grind the almonds. Mix the almond paste with milk (1 cup) and add honey to sweeten the mixture a little bit. Drink this remedy on a daily basis for a month. Continue Reading