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3 Superfoods to Beat the Winter Blues

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Jan 4, 2019 8:07:59 AM

The “winter blues” aren’t just a hypothetical idea or something you hear about in country songs. Wintertime depression can be a very real and devastating condition, and many people find themselves affected when the days are shorter, drearier and colder. In fact, it's estimated that at least 10 million Americans experience some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and an additional 10 to 20 percent of people have mild symptoms of SAD. These symptoms may include feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, a dip in energy levels, avoiding social situations and weight gain.

Luckily, there are many ways to alleviate seasonal depressive symptoms and a nutrient-rich diet is certainly high among these remedies. Here are three foods you can incorporate into your everyday meals to help treat the winter blues, benefiting both your mind and body in the process.

1. Acai
One particularly tasty way to fight the symptoms of SAD is to incorporate more Acai into your winter diet. Acai is one of the healthiest berries on the planet, best known for its high content of antioxidants, which also support and protect the brain. These special antioxidants have been shown in numerous studies to improve mental function, boost energy, reduce irritation and even encourage a healthy libido. All these benefits contribute to better mental health in the winter and throughout the year, for that matter! Some winter Acai Powder recipe favorites include Acai Berry Truffles for a sweet after-dinner treat and Acai Energy Bowls to get a super start to the morning.

2. Maca
Hormones also play a key role in mental health and really affect how you feel emotionally during the winter season, which is why the adaptogen Maca is such a great ingredient to eat in the winter time. Maca helps balance your endocrine system, thereby encouraging your body to achieve a natural state of hormonal equilibrium and overall health. Maca Powder is rich in micronutrients that aren’t found in most other foods, including trace minerals and protective flavonoid compounds. Some scientific evidence even suggests that Maca is an effective anti-anxiety supplement, and even boosts your brain’s capacity to learn and remember new things. Regular consumption of Maca is also helpful in maintaining a healthy libido in both men and women! Try packing some of these tasty Protein Bars in your travel bag this winter or create a Cacao Maca Energy Elixir to warm up on a cold winter’s day.

3. Chia
Chia serves as a mood-improving hero because of its high amounts of omega-3s and important minerals, such as iron and magnesium. These nutrients are essential for brain health and a better brain translates to lowered risk of depression and happier days ahead. Meanwhile, both Chia Seeds and Chia Powder are high in fiber, which helps to support a healthy gut – yet another essential component of maintaining a positive mood. Best of all, Chia is such a versatile superfood that it’s impressively easy to incorporate more Chia into your daily life: simply toss it into soups, oats or smoothies for a recipe-free boost. For a special winter indulgence, try making a loaf of Zucchini Protein Bread, which contains a quarter cup of Navitas Organics Chia Powder to treat yourself and your loved ones to better mental health this winter!

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Topics: health, healthy choices, tips, superfoods, nutrition, Navitas Organics, clean eating, plant based, SuperSwaps, hacks, wellness, blog, healthy living, Maca, chiaseeds, chia, acai, depression, mood, research, medicine, science

Memory, Mood and Food – The Neuroprotective Capabilities of Curcumin Supplementation

Of the many concerns of aging, nothing is more important than enjoying a healthy mind to reflect on the blessings that life has offered. It’s also comforting to know that we have some level of personal control over our future brain function through a commitment to healthy habits. It is widely accepted that the best way to prevent many chronic diseases and ensure brain health later in life is by eating well, maintaining normal weight and controlling inflammation in the body throughout the lifespan. However, epidemiological studies have found reduced rates of Alzheimer’s, Dementia and mood disorders in places of the world like India suggesting that specific attributes in the traditional diets provide a rationale for this phenomenon. The idea that we can influence cognitive resilience and neuroplasticity, the creation of new and survivability of existing neuronal connections, by eating specific foods is intriguing.

The State of Brain Health Today
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, terms often used interchangeably, currently affect 1 in 10 people in the United States, incurring a financial toll of upwards of $259 billion in caregiving and healthcare expenses. Dementia is an umbrella term describing symptoms of memory loss and impaired cognition stemming from a variety of illnesses that can sometimes be reversed depending on the cause. Alzheimer’s Disease is progressive and largely incurable, characterized by the development of amyloid plaques in specific areas of the cortex and hippocampus responsible for logical thought and memory. Further contributing to the current crisis in brain health are the vast numbers of people suffering with mood and depressive disorders. It is estimated that at least 21 percent of the population in the United States will experience a mood disorder at some point in their lifetime. We can learn from cultural and traditional dietary practices in places where brain disorders are less prevalent to help illuminate aspects of diet that promote brain health more effectively.

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Topics: blog, food, health, memory, mood, turmeric, wellness

10 Simple Ways You Can Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Feb 11, 2018 2:36:29 AM

 

The saying, “kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give” has some pretty major truth power to it. Being kind doesn't mean extravagant displays of generosity – we can't all be Oprah! But, that's exactly the beauty of kindness. More often than not, kindness is showcased in modest, subtle acts that undoubtedly have an enormous ripple effect on other people's mood and comfort (and ability to generate kindness to others, too). Especially in today's dramatic world, you may be surprised at the power of even the smallest effort. So, what are you waiting for? Make it your mission to get out there and brighten someone's day!

 

Here's a few ideas to get you started:

1. Let Someone Go First
Welcoming someone to check out in front of you in line at the store, waving a vehicle into your lane or even just opening the door for someone are small gestures that can have positive impacts on others. These simple courtesies are lovely ways to remind others that we're all in this life together.

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Topics: blog, kindness, mood, random, superfoods, wellness, workplace

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