All-Natural Cures for Your Mood Swings

Don’t let mood swings hijack your healthful lifestyle. Blast away your bad moods with these 4 natural remedies.

All-Natural Cures for Your Mood Swings

Ever notice how a bad mood can be a diet killer? Anxiety, stress and crankiness can all sabotage your diet – causing you to eat more and pack on those unwanted pounds. Find the effective solution to keeping your moods under control with some of nature’s best-kept secrets.

For Anxiety: Holy Basil

A member of the mint family, holy basil has been used for thousands of years in India to lower the intensity of anxiety and stress responses. Studies show that taking holy basil at 500mg twice daily after meals has a significant effect in reducing generalized anxiety, stress and depression. The remedy costs roughly $8 and is available at vitamin and health food stores.

For Crankiness: Lemon Balm

One of the biggest causes of crankiness is being over tired. Lemon balm is used for controlling anxiety and – thanks to its mild sedative effect – it also helps improve sleep, helping to prevent sleep deprivation-related crankiness. Take about 60 drops added to water before bed. Lemon balm is sold at vitamin stores for $6.

For Nervousness: Passionflower

Nervousness is often times the culprit behind mindless eating. Passionflower is a great natural solution because it has the same properties as some prescription medicines used to promote calmness and relaxation. It can be taken in liquid or capsule form. Both cost about $10 at vitamin or health food stores. Take 2ml of this supplement three times a day.

For Stress: L-Theanine

Stress is a major contributor to belly fat because of the hormones, like cortisol, it causes your body to produce. L-Theanine is an amino acid, found in black, white and green teas, that helps you think more clearly and cope better with stress. Studies have shown that people with high anxiety experienced increased attention and improved reaction time 15-60 minutes after ingestion. You can take 200mg with a full glass of water. This supplement costs $8 and is especially great if you don’t have time to make tea or don’t like the taste.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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