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3 Superfoods That Support Emotional Wellness

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Oct 10, 2018 8:10:27 AM

Every October when “Emotional Wellness Month” rolls around, we get bombarded with statistics about how depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are affecting our lives and our loved ones more than ever before. Equally important, however, is to also turn our focus onto the positive side of emotional wellness, too. That's why this year, I'd like to encourage you to make your own mental and emotional health more of a priority…and it’s easier than you may think!

There are many steps you can take in your personal journey toward emotional wellness, such as setting micro-goals, strengthening your personal relationships and community, learning to comfortably say “no” to avoid burnout, and practicing meditation on a regular basis. However, the foods you eat also have a huge impact on how you feel throughout the day and nutrient-dense superfoods can play a vital role in everyday emotional maintenance.

Here are three of my favorite superfoods that support emotional wellness to help you feel your very best this October and beyond!

1. Cacao
Not only is Cacao absolutely delicious and versatile for cooking and snacks, but it’s also a wonderful superfood to support your brain and boost your mood. When you consume Cacao in its unprocessed, whole-food form, you are fueling your body with valuable antioxidants and nutrients that positively impact brain health. Cacao contains a type of plant nutrient called flavanols that facilitate the healthy connections of brain cells, thereby helping you think more clearly and process information and stresses better. Cacao has also been studied for its ability to reduce anxiety, which gets in the way of you feeling stable, grounded and in control of your life every day.

2. Goji Berries
Another excellent superfood to eat to support your emotional wellness is Goji Berries. Not only are these tiny berries packed with protein, antioxidants and fiber, but they are actually nicknamed “the happy berries” in Chinese folklore because of their wellness-boosting benefits. Scientific studies have shown that Goji Berries increase feelings of general wellbeing and improve neurologic and psychologic performance when eaten daily. Other studies reveal that Goji Berries can improve conditions of anxiety and depression, but again the key here is consuming them on a regular basis to get their full benefits.

3. Turmeric
Meanwhile, Turmeric is a healing spice that belongs in every kitchen pantry. Although Turmeric is best known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s also a great way to support your emotional wellness through nutrition. Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin that gives the spice its many health benefits. This spice has been studied for its power to manage anxiety and its ability to significantly help reduce Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scores. BDI is a self-report rating inventory that measures symptoms of depression. Furthermore, Turmeric is often used as a natural remedy to reduce physical pain, which is the cause of many types of emotional distress.


Striving for emotional wellness is so incredibly important and needs to be a top priority for each and every one of us. Without it, you can’t care for the people you love, complete the tasks you need to get done or become the best version of yourself. Good nutrition is just one piece of the puzzle for feeling emotionally well, but superfoods like Cacao, Goji Berries and Turmeric can definitely help get you on the right track.

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Topics: nutrition, benefits, health, superfoods, tips, Live Life Positive, mental health, healthy living, healthy choices, motivation, emotional wellness

5 Morning Habits to Set the Tone for a Positive Day

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Oct 8, 2018 7:33:28 AM

When your alarm goes off early in the morning, are you the type of person to feel energized and ready to greet the new day or do you pull the covers over your head and hit the snooze button?

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Topics: nutrition, SuperStarts, benefits, breakfast, health, superfoods, tips, Live Life Positive, healthy living, healthy choices, motivation

This Mineral Can Help You Seriously Chill Out

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Oct 2, 2018 7:46:35 AM

Did you know that anxiety disorders affect at least 18 to 30 percent of American adults and that an estimated 43 percent of North Americans take mood-altering prescriptions on a regular basis?

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Topics: nutrition, benefits, cacao, health, superfoods, tips, Live Life Positive, healthy living, healthy choices, magnesium, calming

Why Workplace Wellness Programs are Key to Improving Population Health

Meg Adelman, RN, BSN, MPH, Navitas Organics Wellness Director

It’s no secret that chronic disease poses the biggest threat to population health today, estimated to affect at least 60% of the American workforce. An additional 40% have multiple chronic conditions doubly impacting productivity and increasing demands on healthcare services. The collective health of the nation directly impacts the economy and the ability of humans to be resilient and thrive. Yet, it is well understood that virtually all chronic disease can be prevented through modifiable behavior and self care. Ironically, since 80% of our time is spent working, employers may be in the best position to inspire healthy behaviors. This is especially relevant given that employers have the most to gain (or lose) from the health status of their workforce. To effectively tackle this growing epidemic, we need to implement new strategies to empower people to prioritize health across all sectors of influence.

Although 70% of large-sized businesses currently offer Workplace Wellness Programs, small to medium-sized businesses have been slow to adopt them beyond what the programs that insurance brokers and healthcare plans offer. This may be because finances are stretched thin or from insubstantial evidence for return on investment based on standard, outdated evaluation measures. Unlike larger corporations, small-sized businesses don’t hold the negotiating power to argue for insurance premium reductions, which is usually accomplished by identifying employee health risk behaviors through a biometric screening – a clinical assessment measuring body mass index (a measure of obesity), blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Once identified, large corporations will dangle a financial carrot in front of employees to improve those parameters without inspiring lasting motivation. On average, the research shows that any immediate change doesn’t last or translate into long-term improvements in employee health. Using this standard measure of evaluation, the true benefits of these Workplace Wellness Programs is not realized.

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Topics: wellness, work, workplace, benefits, blog, health, healthy, superfoods

5 Surprising Benefits of Tea

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Jan 28, 2018 6:26:00 PM

As the second most highly consumed beverage in the world (water is number one), the qualities aligned with tea-drinking are undeniably positive. A relaxing, comforting and even healing beverage, tea has an incredible amount to offer! Although the most common teas are traditional black teas and green teas, there are also an infinite number of variations using herbs, spices and medicinal plants. Regardless of the type you choose, there's so much to love about this warm ritual. Read on for some of the benefits you'll enjoy the next time you grab a mug:

Most tea contains caffeine, in a good way. Both black and green teas contain caffeine, but far less than that which is found in coffee: black tea contains 50-80mg/cup and green tea contains about 30-35mg/cup, compared to coffee, which contains 110-135mg/cup. Research shows that the caffeine found in tea – especially green tea – can act as a synergistic delivery system for other therapeutic compounds that help fight cancer and aging. These lower levels of caffeine are enough to produce a noticeable biological response without eliciting the energy swings of too much caffeine.

Tea is a natural antibiotic. Green and white teas contain very strong antibacterial activity. Once used by the Chinese to purify water, green tea polyphenols offer antimicrobial action against food poisoning, mouth bacteria and can even be used topically: acne, cuts and wounds, and bacteria-prone skin conditions all benefit from a green tea soak. (Pro tip: Add a little Matcha Powder to your next face mask to up the effects!)

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Topics: wellness, benefits, blog, health, healthy, superfoods

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