8 Mood Boosting Strategies 

 

Sometimes we get in a bad mood and can’t pull out of it. But sometimes it just takes something simple to put you in a good mood! And avoid bad moods!

I’ve seen this stuff work! Even for people with medication-induced moodiness! Give them a try!

  1. Count Your Blessings

Scientifically proven to improve your mood and even combat depression. Counting 50 things you’re thankful for everyday really improves your mood! You don’t have to sit down and list them, you don’t have to jot them down. Just do it in your head, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing and if it takes all day, that’s ok. If you repeat items from previous lists, that’s ok, too! So when a bad mood strikes, get started! Think about what you’re thankful for! You will notice that it improves your mood! Great mood enhancer!

2. Exercise

Exercise improves not only your physical health, but it improves your mental wellbeing, as well. It boosts your mood. Go for a walk! For more on exercise, especially with health limitations, click here. 

3. Get Your Nature Fix

Getting out in nature is a great way to improve your mood! Take a nature walk or drive or hike! For more on the effects of Nature Deficit Disorder, click here. 

4. Meditation and Prayer 

Meditation and prayer helps alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. It really helps improve your mood. You can YouTube some guided meditations.

5. Eat Well

The foods we eat greatly affect how we feel both physically and mentally. Eat clean. Eliminate fast food and junk food. Get your nutrient-dense-super-foods smoothie/juice on! For more on this, follow my blog!

6. Aromatherapy 

I used to be a skeptic, but aromatherapy is an effective treatment protocol! Now Brand: Cheer Up Buttercup is a blend of essential oils that improve mood. There’s a link below.

7 Foods that Improve Mood

  • Avocado
  • Grapes
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Raw Nuts
  • Wild-Caught Salmon
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Strawberries

8. Herbs and Supplements

  • Lavender
  • Omega-3 Fish Oil
  • B Vitamins
  • Vit D
  • St John’s Wort
  • 5-HTP

I’ve included some links below to some of my favorite brands of these supplements.

Use this great drug interaction checker before using supplements with medications:

https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html

For more on moods and coping, go here.

Here’s to good moods for all ♥️

References

Dr. Josh Axe. Dr. Mehmet Oz

Furry Pets and the Newly Discovered Health Benefits for Humans

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I’m a huge advocate of pets of all kinds for human health and companionship!

We’ve had a myriad of pets over the years, as we love and rescue animals: the typical dogs and cats, plus goats, llama, horse, donkey, frogs, toads, lizards, turtle, ferrets, rats, mice, snakes, rooster, and most recently a duck couple has adopted us!

Today I want to share with you some rather unfamiliar, newly discovered health benefits of furry pets!

Old Facts:

It’s common knowledge that pets bring us joy and happiness and alleviate loneliness and depression.

They improve our overall health and general well-being. They even improve blood pressure!

And if you have a serious/chronic illness, they are a wonderful distraction from the burden of health issues. They raise our spirits! They reduce stress!

New Discoveries:

  • Decreased risk of heart attack
  • Reduced likelihood of allergies
  • Enhanced social skills
  • Reduced likelyhood of suicide for those at risk

Historically, the popular medical belief was that furry pets might lead to the development of allergies, but new data from population-based studies dispute this line of thinking.

Studies now show that furry pets actually reduce the development of allergies. A new study from the University of Turko in Finland indicates that exposure to furry animals leads to changes in the human gut flora and immune system to block allergies.

Background Data:
Allergic diseases among urban populations worldwide has increased dramatically over recent years. Reduced exposure to nature may be responsible.

Several studies have shown that an important factor is exposure to furry animals, including early-life contacts with livestock, which has been reported to be protective against asthma and allergies.

While most researchers have focused on the direct immune response to this exposure, there may be another factor – increased exposure to microbial diversity and its influence on the human microbiome.

New Data:
To explore the relationship to furry pet exposure and the development of allergic diseases like asthma, researchers in Finland examined the gut flora of children enrolled in an ongoing randomized placebo-controlled study in children with a family history of asthma, eczema, hayfever, or food allergy.

The researchers identified infants of families having at least 1 furry ‘indoor‘ pet during pregnancy and the first year of life. Infants from families without pets were selected as controls in consecutive order of recruitment. To determine the development of allergies, skin prick tests (SPTs) were carried out at the age of 6 months. The antigens tested by SPT included cow’s milk, egg white, wheat and rice flour, cod, soy bean, birch, 6 grasses, cat, dog, dust mite, latex, potato, carrot, and banana. The study team also collected fecal samples from diapers when the babies were one month of age. One of the tests performed was DNA analysis for two types of Bifidobacteria that are found specifically in furry animals gastrointestinal tracts: B. thermophilum and B. pseudolongum. The presence of these bacteria was associated with exposure to a dog, cat, or rabbit as a pet.

The results from the analysis indicated that pet exposure starting early and throughout life can have an impact on the composition of the human microbiome in a way that reduces the risk of allergic diseases.

Conclusion from the study:
Furry animals have a positive impact on gut flora (microbiome) which plays a huge role in the proper development and health of the immune system and can prevent the development of allergies.

“Maybe just perhaps, some of the benefits being attributed to therapy dogs and horses in kids on the autism spectrum as well as in other situations may be partly due to influencing the microbiome in a positive way.”
~ Dr. Michael Murray

Furry pets do belong in your home, not just outside, if you want the health benefits they provide for you and your family!

If you don’t have a furry pet in your home, adopt/rescue one ♥️

References:
Nermes M, Endo A, Aarnio J, Salminen S, Isolauri E. Furry pets modulate gut microbiota composition in infants at risk for allergic disease. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Sep 3. pii: S0091-6749(15)01036-2.
Dr. Michael Murray, The Doctors Show