Tips for Happy and Balanced Moods
I am generally not the gambling type, but I would bet that most of us have felt our moods swing from positive to negative or happy to sad at some point in our lives! Whether it’s waking up on the wrong side of the bed or going through unpleasant life stresses, mood imbalances can take a toll on you. But there are ways to help you deal with occasional mood swings and feeling down for no reason.
The Power of Positivity
Being positive or optimistic can have a powerful effect on your mental well-being. Research shows that simple shifts in your mindset can feed motivation and change your brain chemistry. Other healthy habits include eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and using certain supplements to encourage healthier environments in the body – leading to an enhanced sense of well-being.
MoodSense from WomenSense is a natural health product that blends essential nutrients with herbal extracts to support a healthy mood, a sense of relaxation, and emotional well-being.
Feed Your Mind Properly
Several important vitamins and minerals are necessary to produce the brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which affect mood. The first is vitamin B6. Our brains need vitamin B6 to create the neurotransmitters that are most directly involved in mood regulation, including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Magnesium is another crucial nutrient that plays an essential role in maintaining adequate serotonin levels, reducing inflammation, and promoting relaxation. Research suggests that magnesium’s calming properties are improved when taken with vitamin B6. These two key nutrients, which are found in MoodSense, are necessary to support the health of the adrenal glands and produce adrenal hormones. They also specifically help with the stress and psychological symptoms of PMS.
Balance Your Mood with Herbs
When you are feeling down, unmotivated, or stressed, chemical changes are going on in your brain. But it doesn’t stop there. These imbalances can also affect many other bodily systems, including the cardiovascular, digestive, and endocrine (hormonal) systems. Certain medicinal herbs can help you feel better in the moment as well as work on supporting the underlying cause and effects of mood swings. MoodSense contains three such herbal ingredients, which have been shown to support mood by several different ways, providing a holistic way to battle ups and downs:
- 5-HTP is an amino acid that is vital to the production of serotonin. Supplemental 5-HTP is derived from Griffonia simplicifolia (seed). It helps promote healthy mood balance and supports sleep by boosting serotonin levels naturally without the unpleasant side effects often associated with prescription antidepressants.
- Saffron has traditionally been used to aid in the digestion of spicy food, soothe an irritated stomach, and support a healthy mood. Scientists believe that saffron may support healthy serotonin levels in the brain.
- Lavender is commonly used to ease nervous tension and mild symptoms of stress. Several animal and human studies suggest that lavender may have mood-stabilizing and calming properties.
You can make any number of self-help changes to improve your mental health. Tackling mood imbalances from all angles, along with daily supplementation of MoodSense to support these efforts, can give you the best solution for a happy balanced mood and better wellness.
Please note: The information in this blog is for your interest only. It is in no way intended to diagnose, recommend, or advise. Please consult your personal medical or natural health care practitioner on any matters concerning your well-being.
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