Having Good Mood
People say that Singapore is a stress capital of the world. Whether that is true or not, stress is not an alien concept to many of us, especially if we are working adults, young parents, or even older folk who may be responsible for juggling many priorities. Stress not only impacts us mentally and emotionally, it is known to also impact us physically.
Physically, stress takes on the form of our body’s reaction to harmful situations – our ‘fight-or-flight’ response fires up, and this increases our heart rate, and when that happens, our breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. While a little bit of stress is ok (and it can actually be a good thing now and then), in the long term, chronic stress can lead to unfavorable consequences, as our bodies are just not made to handle it.
But the good news is there are ways to help remedy high stress levels! Doing stress-relieving activities such as regular physical activity, socializing and setting aside time to do your favorite hobby are some good ways. And to add on something else, eating well is excellent as well!
There are several superfoods that contain nutrients that can help relieve stress and even turn on your good moods. These include cacao powder, cacao nibs, Maca and Matcha powder.
Magnesium is a mineral that can help with stress relief. During stress, our nerve cells become excited and our muscles tense up; once the moment of stress has passed, magnesium in the cells helps to relax everything back to their original state. If there isn’t enough magnesium in our cells, stress relief is delayed, and eventually, this can lead to magnesium deficiency symptoms such as fatigue, low energy, muscle tension, spasms, cramps, anxiousness, nervousness, headaches and abnormal heart rhythms.
Superfoods such as cacao powder and cacao nibs are rich sources of magnesium!
Bliss nutrients take on the form of anandamide, Phenylethylamine (PEA), tryptophan, dopamine and serotonin. Perhaps you might have heard of some of them. PEA helps amplify the actions of other key brain chemicals (such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine). PEA can help provide mental clarity, improve mood, stamina, energy, libido, joy, and motivation. Anandamide provides something similar where it can help improve your mood, memory and cognition. Tryptophan works with vitamins B6 and B3 along with magnesium to produce serotonin, the most well-known “feel-good” chemical. Tryptophan also helps produce melatonin and dimethyltryptamine, both associated with better sleep and relaxation. Dopamine plays a role in the brain for feelings of motivation, desire and pleasure. Serotonin eases feelings of anger and aggression, boosts mood and enhances sexuality. It also regulates body temperature, appetite and metabolism. Cacao powder and cacao nibs, in particular, are able to provide these bliss nutrients in their nutritional profile.
Adaptogens are available in several unique plants and herbs (including Maca!) that can help support and stimulate your Central Nervous System (CNS) activity. They also exhibit neuroprotective, anti-fatigue and anti-depressive properties. Adaptogens can help give our body that extra boost to better cope with stress as well as help increase attention and endurance due to fatigue and stress.
Research indicates that amino acids, specifically L-Theanine, can help lead to a state of relaxed alertness without drowsiness and even help relieves stress. Additionally, L-Theanine coupled with caffeine (which are both available in Matcha powder/tea) can help increase focus and attention whilst promoting clarity of mind.