Boost Your Mood Naturally with These 4 Tips

Feeling gloomy as we transition into the winter months?

There are plenty of simple, natural ways to support your mood, and we’ve made a list of some of our favorites:

  • Gentle Exercise

    Studies have shown that even low intensity workout like a 30 minute walk helps to release the body’s “feel-good” chemical (endorphins) which enhance our sense of well-being and happiness. Try a hike with your family, a yoga sequence, or your favorite low impact workout to improve your mood.

  • Try a Magnesium Supplement

    Magnesium is known as the “anti-stress” supplement, because it’s great for relaxing the nervous system and assisting with anxiety, fear, irritability, and restlessness. It is available in small amounts in foods like nuts, leafy greens, and some dairy products, but we find it’s easier to take a supplement. The recommended dose is 300-400mg per day. Some of our favorite brands are Natural Vitality, Trace Minerals, and our private label.

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids for Mood

    According to a Harvard article, depression appears less common in nations where people eat large amounts of fish. Scientists believe that this is due to the fact that fish contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids – EPA and DHA. People who have low levels of these two chemicals are said to have an increased risk of depression and other mood disorders. You can get omega 3’s in your diet by eating fish and other seafood, or you can take a high-quality omega supplement, like Nordic Naturals or Carlson.

  • Try Mood-Supporting Herbs

People have used herbal remedies for stress and anxiety for hundreds of years. Some popular ones include St. John’s Wort, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Passionflower, and Ashwagandha. These are available in the form of capsules, liquid extracts, or as teas.

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