Moody? Raw Food Helps Emotional Balance


Published on February 14th, 2013

You are sitting in the park, you see a person walk by eating a hamburger. Another person walks by eating an apple. Next thing you know, a game show host jumps in front of you and yells, “For the winning prize, which person is the happiest, you have one second to answer…”

Chances are you will pick the person eating the apple. People who eat the worst are usually the people who seem to be more depressed, unhappy, and sick. It’s pretty usual to hear people who adhere to a raw nutrition diet based around fruit and greens say their food made them feel sick, stuffed, or tired. Right?

Is it possible that you’re eating patterns can be throwing your body and mood off balance? It won’t come as a surprise that what you eat affects how you feel, physically and emotionally.

There are several people that react to certain foods differently, but limiting the intake of wheat, gluten, dairy, processed/refined foods, and introducing more raw foods will help with digestion, mental clarity, and your mood.

Where’s the proof?

There have been numerous studies on this topic. Accepted research findings include studies that show diets high in antioxidants from colored fruit and veggies help reduce stress, specifically decreasing “oxidative” stress. Don’t worry I had to look it up to… Oxidative is the stress that impacts your brain and mood. Oxidative stress causes brain farts, mood swings, and depression.

What raw foods could I incorporate into my healthy lifestyle to make me do the happy dance?

Date Juice. Date Juice has also been proven to increase happiness and calm a person. It even was shown to increase timed memory tests by a small margin. Sometimes all you need is a small margin.

Greens & Veggies. Folate, nature’s antidepressant? We found that folate, which is found in green veggies, decreases sadness. Who would have thought… Next time you are feeling blue skip the happy hour and grab a salad!

Nuts. Researchers have found that Walnuts help create over three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. This is not the only nut in the happy bunch; Pecans, Almonds, Pistachios, Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts boost your mood and brain power.

A great place to get your local raw veggies and fruits is a great corner produce market, Ripe North Park, located at 3302 32st.

Eating raw foods is a great way to boost your energy levels, increase your mental clarity, and help with your digestion. Make your way to Ripe North Park to get the freshest raw foods that San Diego has to offer.



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