Improve Your Mood

Here are four ways to improve your mood by increasing your serotonin.

Reduced amounts of natural light, bright colors and warmth, during the winter,  can result in the blues.  A lack of light can induce a lack of serotonin that deepens depression.

When serotonin levels are normal, you feel:

• happier
• calmer
• more focused
• less anxious
• more emotionally stable

John Douillard’s article “4 Ways to Boost Serotonin Naturally” shows ways to stabilize serotonin.

  • Be positive.

Mood and blood chemistry are on a two way street.  Serotonin levels can influence mood, and by changing your mood, you influence your serotonin levels.

  • Soak up as much sunlight or bright light as you can.

Studies show that serotonin is produced in larger quantities during the brightest time of day.  Studies also show that serotonin production is higher in the summer compared to the winter.  If you don’t have access to outdoor bright light, light boxes have also been shown to boost both mood and serotonin levels.

  • Exercise.

Exercise has been shown to boost serotonin levels and mood.

  • Eat Chick Peas.

Eating foods that contain high levels of tryptophan boosts mood by raising blood tryptophan levels.  Serotonin is raised in concert.

Cultivated modern chickpeas are high in tryptophan and they have a higher ratio of free tryptophan to other amino acids compared to most foods. This makes chickpeas a viable way to boost tryptophan and serotonin levels and as a result it helps raise your mood!

One great recipe based on garbanzo beans, (also called chickpeas), is a modified hummus that has extra protein and olive oil.

Another article at (2) says:  Garbanzo beans, also called chickpeas and may be better known when made into hummus, have been the mainstay of the Mediterranean and Indian diets for thousands of years.  Only recently have the health benefits been more fully understood.

As with all beans, chickpeas are LOADED with fiber and high in protein – but garbanzo beans have some special nutrients on board such as quercetin, which supports healthy circulation and immunity, and chlorogenic acid, which is the antioxidant that has made coffee famous. They are rich in vitamins like folate, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and beta-carotene and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and manganese. They are also a good source of health-promoting fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acids, which are the main ingredients in olive oil.

In addition according Mayo Clinic articles, explaining health benefits of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), an article entitled “Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers” (3) the first food mentioned is olive oil.

The article says:  Olive oil.  Another good source of MUFAs is olive oil. Try using about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day in place of other fats in your diet to get its heart-healthy benefits. To add olive oil to your diet, you can saute vegetables in it, add it to a marinade or mix it with vinegar as a salad dressing. You can also use olive oil as a substitute for butter when basting meat or as a dip for bread.

This chickpea recipe and 21 more are in my Shamanic Health Report.

Natural health is a complicated and unique for each of us, but sound nutrition is almost always a factor in avoiding dis-ease.   This healthy recipe saves time and money and is delicious, satisfying and can be enhanced to fit almost any dining occasion.

You can get the recipe in my report. Details are below.


(1) 4 Ways to Boost Serotonin Naturally

(2) Garbanzo Beans

(3) Garbanzo Beans


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