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5 depression-destroying drinks that contain turmeric, ginger, avocado and more

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There is a direct connection between foods and moods. Today, inflammation increases our risk for depressive disorders which is a vicious cycle affecting over 60 million people. We seem to be slow to recognize the brain and body act as one. Depression, therefore can be a place we go where emotions aren’t truly valued or nourished.

We not only try to eat our way out of feeling lonely or abandoned, but we rely on pharmaceuticals to fix it. Because of this, we unconsciously and unanimously move into a disconnected way of living.

In fact, toxic foods and moods in mothers can subject babies to begin life with poor immunity and poor coping abilities thus paving the way for inflammatory disorders.

Whole Foods, Real Foods, & Nourishing Foods Fight Depression!

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If you’re one of those people who feels as if you don’t have time for HEALTHY, but want to improve your mood you may need to talk with a health coach and decide which priorities are most important. 

Let’s begin with our morning drink. Research suggests that eating plants first thing in the morning is an extremely healthy way to start your day. And green smoothies are the easiest meals in the world to make.

There’s a lot of evidence pointing to the benefits of eating raw foods.  And since we’re choosing raw in these five recipes, you get the benefit of all the nutrients in their purest, whole food state.

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It’s important to know that pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables can slow down and damage our digestion and be linked to hormonal imbalances. To avoid GMO/Pesticide laden fruits and veggies, choose organic whenever possible.

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Turmeric and Ginger Latte

Ingredients

Use real organic coconut milk

  • 1 cup real organic coconut milk
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 thumbnail size fresh organic turmeric root
  • 1 thumbnail size fresh organic ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon raw organic unrefined honey

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in your BlendTec Blender, Vita-Mix or  a high powered blender.
  2. Place blended ingredients in a pot on stove and heat to a slow boil while stirring.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Enjoy!

Why ginger and turmeric?

Ginger and turmeric help to fight off hot flashes, depression, and insomnia. Regular consumption of ginger and turmeric strengthens the immune system and the nervous system. Turmeric prevents leptin raising glucose levels. (1) Plus, there are very positive therapeutical roles that ginger and turmeric play on our endocrine system. (2) 

Keeping it Green Juice

Ingredients

  • 6 organic kale leaves (deveined)
  • 1 green apple (sliced)
  • 6 stalks of organic celery
  • 1 hand full of organic parsley
  • 1 large organic cucumber (peeled)
  • 1 organic carrot
  • 1/2 organic fresh lemon
  • 1 thumb nail size of organic fresh ginger root

Directions

  1. Juice all ingredients in your juicer. Enjoy!

Why fiber rich foods?

High fiber foods improve cognitive function, depression, and dementia. The brain is made from cholesterol. “Dietary Fiber decreases cholesterol synthesis…”(3)

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It a known fact that store bought bottled and boxed juices are not fresh and can be filled with processed sugars, and/or chemicals that can only increase depression and deplete your wallet.

You can make juicing at home simple and easy with vegetables such as spinach, carrots, kale, beets, celery, and chard for half the cost. Simply drinking leafy greens three times a week offers prevention from depression, while feeding the brain and body what it needs to thrive.

Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen organic blueberries
  • 1 frozen organic banana
  • 1/2 organic avocado (seeded)
  • 2 cups frozen organic spinach
  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin seeds
  • 1 small slice fresh organic turmeric root
  • 2 cups organic coconut water

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in your BlendTec Blender, Vita-Mix or  a high powered blender.

The richer the color of food the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants boost moods along with foods high in Omega 3’s.(4) Blueberries are a well- known brain food. Antioxidants are found in a wide variety of vegetables and fruits and contain lutein, but researchers found that most dark green, leafy vegetables contain an important amount. Raw kale is lutein-rich, as well as collard greens and spinach. (5)

Pineapple Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 fresh organic pineapple (cored, sliced and peeled)
  • 2 cups fresh organic watermelon (chopped and peeled)
  • 2 sprigs fresh organic basil leaves (stems removed)
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic chia seeds
  • 2 cups organic coconut water

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in your BlendTec Blender, Vita-Mix or  a high powered blender.

Why Pineapple?

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Pineapple boost serotonin levels, fights inflammation and aids in digestion. Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3’s and also boost moods. Since the food in a smoothie has already been mostly liquefied from going through the blender, your body will digest the food much more easily, and assimilate the nutrients much faster.  When your body gets the nutrients into your system, you will feel it immediately.

Fresh Tomato Juice

Ingredients

  • 6- 7 fresh organic tomatoes
  • 1 stalk  fresh organic celery
  • 2 stalks fresh cilantro leaves (stems removed)
  • 1/2 fresh organic cucumber (peeled)

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in your BlendTec Blender, Vita-Mix or  a high powered blender.

Why Tomatoes? Tomatoes are serotonin boosters!

Conclusion

Your body has the ability to heal itself.  An unhealthy diet can be at the root of most health challenges, including mental health.

If you enjoyed those recipes delicious recipes, try these out! Raw Deal Tea and Yogurt-Kefir-Cardamom-Rose Water.

Sources:

1- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20977462 

2- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21476200

3- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3399949/

4- http://www.psychiatrist.com/JCP/article/Pages/2011/v72n08/v72n0805.aspx

5- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22935166

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Connie Rogers

Connie Rogers

Founder at Bite Size Pieces
Connie Rogers is a Integrative Health Coach, Speaker, Natural Beauty Expert and Published Author. She has studied the relationships and connections between toxins that disrupt our digestive system, hormonal system and skin health for over 25 years. Connie believes health and wellness are established with proper nutrition, fitness, awareness and mindfulness. She takes a natural and holistic, common sense approach to rebuilding well-being from the ground up and has personally logged thousands of hours working with people with food challenges, weight concerns, digestive issues, endocrine disruptors, women’s issues, fatigue, depression, skin health and immune challenges, you name it.
You can find some necessary tools for balancing health on her websites The Health Guru and Bite Size Pieces. She invites you to check out her book, Path to a Healthy Mind & Body found on Amazon with thirty-two 5 Star Reviews.

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