Rhodiola + raw chocolate + green tea + fresh air & natural light = Enhanced good feelings
Rhodiola is a remarkable herb that can fight depression, enhance immunity and strengthen the nervous system. It has been a treatment in traditional medicine for many centuries for anxiety and stress and found to be good for brain function, focus , clarity and an energy booster. I find it instantly uplifts me when I start to feel down. You know those times when everything seems to be going wrong and your thoughts start thinking negatively, or sometimes you just feel low like a dark cloud is above your head. Well this is the time to take this formula, it lightens the darkness and lifts the lows. I sit down with a cup of green tea and take a couple of Rholdiola and eat some raw chocolate. I take a few deep breathes and relax for a moment and sometimes I go for a walk, thats all I need and the dark clouds over my head disperse as quickly as they came. Sometimes a dark cloud or a bad day can bring us down or sometimes medical problems or medications can have a negative effect. If we keep control of the dark times and the lows as soon as we feel it, it can help uplift us and focus on the good things in life. Its ok to feel emotion and have down days, it all part of our human experience, don’t feel bad that you’re not as up beat as normal, you are not a robot, but always take time out for yourself and most of all find your joy. If taking time out means a cup of tea and eating some raw chocolate then savour the moment, feeling content or love everyday is good for your health so have a self love moment every day.
Rhodiola is an amazing uplifting herb, it has been used in Scandanavia and Russia for centuries to combat the stressful life style and to help cope with the harsh weather conditions and it also gives a strong resistance to high altitude sickness. In Chinese medicine rhodiola is used to give strength and stamina and reduce stress.
So why is Rhodiola such a successful herb? Well in recent studies it has shown that it enhances dopamine and serotonin therefore activating the feel good chemicals in your brain.
Dopamine is a receptor found in the brain and central nervous system, it stimulates movement, control and motivation. The feelings that you experience when dopamine is high is that of satisfaction, accomplishment and feelings of clarity and happiness.
Seratonin – Serotonin is a neuro transmitter found in the gut, nervous system and brain. It plays a significant role in mood and behaviour, sleep patterns and appetite. A lack of serotonin can lead to depression and aggression. Lots of serotonin in your blood makes you feel good, happy and content, it gives a feeling of security with no worries enhancing the feelings of happiness and fulfilment.
Here are some extracts from the public medical journal about serotonin;
” For the last 4 decades, the question of how to manipulate the serotonergic system with drugs has been an important area of research in biological psychiatry, and this research has led to advances in the treatment of depression. Research on the association between various polymorphisms and depression supports the idea that serotonin plays a role, not only in the treatment of depression but also in susceptibility to depression and suicide”
Several studies have shown that higher serotonin levels in a persons blood enhances a good mood, whereas a lower serotonin levels instigated low, negative moods. The importance of feeling good has an enormous effect on our health and well being.
Dr Simon Young a professor of psychology writes this;
“Another reason for pursuing nonpharmacologic methods of increasing serotonin arises from the increasing recognition that happiness and well-being are important, both as factors protecting against mental and physical disorders and in their own right.12–14Conversely, negative moods are associated with negative outcomes. For example, the negative mood hostility is a risk factor for many disorders. For the sake of brevity, hostility is discussed here mainly in relation to one of the biggest sources of mortality, coronary heart disease (CHD). A meta-analysis of 45 studies demonstrated that hostility is a risk factor for CHD and for all-cause mortality.15 More recent research confirms this. Hostility is associated not only with the development of CHD but also with poorer survival in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients.16 Hostility may lead to decreased social support and social isolation,17 and low perceived social support is associated with greater mortality in those with CAD.18 The importance of feeling good has an enormous effect on our health and well being.”
Natural light and fresh air also stimulates serotonin and so does raw chocolate.
Research conducted by Professor Mary Engler at the University of California on chocolate; “dark chocolate has several health benefits. This type of chocolate contains flavonols, which are naturally occurring chemicals that increase nitric oxide levels in the blood. This promotes better blood flow and relaxation of the arteries. In addition, the relaxed feeling that occurs after eating a piece of dark chocolate was found to occur because dark chocolate can raise serotonin levels in the brain. Dark chocolate also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals and slow the destruction of cells.”
Chocolate contains a lot of feel good chemicals not only does it contain serotonin it also contains anadamide which is nick named the bliss molecule and dopamine. Raw chocolate holds a lot of benefits to people who suffer from stress or anxiety and it works wonders when eaten with green tea.
Green Tea: Green tea is not only filled with an abundance of anti-oxidants it also is full of amino acids. One such amino acid is L-theanine. L-theanine supplements are nick named “chill pills” because it enhances relaxation and calm, so its perfect for anxiety. As it calms it is also good for high blood pressure and can help prevent heart disease. Its also very good for the brain and brings clarity and a clear head, so excellent for “brain fog”.
All these elements when brought together on a daily basis can promote health and wellbeing and a happier life. We are the masters of our bodies, our cells are forever reacting to our thoughts and emotions, so when we consciously send good, happy, loving signals to our body we can heal our lives.
There are more formulas for healing moods such as fear, worry , anxiety and stress. All of them will be available in my new book which is out soon ❤
I will also be running workshops.