Make the Perfect Juice

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It’s fun and enjoyable, but how do you make sure you make the perfect juice for your present mood? Here are some pointers for when…

You’re Feeling Sluggish

Coffee isn’t the only beverage that will perk you up. A healthy option is making a juice that has nut milk. Studies show that nuts offer many benefits, one of them is it boosts concentration. Berries, antioxidant powerhouses, have also been shown to increase focus. And, according to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your diet could ward off memory loss.

You’re Feeling Sad

Essential ingredients in your juice for when you’re blue are dark green leafy vegetables. They contain vitamin B6, a lack of which has been linked to higher incidences of depression. When buying, keep in mind that the more intensely coloured the vegetables, the more nutrients it has.

You’re Feeling Anxious

Avocado can ease of anxiety and stress thanks to the B vitamins it contains that help boost the levels of serotonin levels in the brain. (Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences mood. Low levels cause anxiety, insomnia and depression.)

You’re Feeling Cranky

Know that saying “a hungry man is an angry man?” If you’re irritable, this could be a sign that your body needs fuel! Sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate, a food group that has been shown to boost serotonin levels (making you less cranky) and energy.

You’re Feeling Upbeat

Of course, you want to maintain that high. Cacao has antioxidants which not only improve thinking skills, but also boosts moods. Another good source is apples.

You’re Feeling Bloated

Papaya can help ease bloating caused by constipation. It has an enzyme called papain that serves many digestive functions including the breakdown of protein. Pineapple, which has an enzyme called bromelain, also improves digestion.

Overall, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, exercising and having ample sleep is the best way of beating stress and ward off diseases.

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