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Good Mood Food and Supps

Is your mood taking a dip now that summer is ending? Of course stress and anxiety can take a toll at any time of the year, and prevention could be as simple as what’s on your dinner plate. Natural supplements come in handy too, especially when moods threaten to turn into states of being, such as depression or chronic anxiety. Click the link below for some for foods and supplements that might help you get through your next bout of blues, intense stress, or anxiety. https://botanicalalchemyandapothecary.com/good-food-for-your-mood

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Sharing a Blog post about St. John’s Wort (with commentary of course)

This is timely considering we are enduring the longest winter ever here in the Pacific Northwest. I often take St. John’s Wort to ward of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) but for some reason I didn’t this year and right about now, I’m regretting it. The rain is dreary and we are all weary. The only good thing is that when it does start to dry up and warm up it’s going to be fantastic. And when it does, those taking St. John’s Wort should be aware that it can make one more photosensitive, therefore be sure to be a bit more diligent with wearing sunscreen or however you protect your skin. I love the whole cycle of that though~ Vitamin D is connected to SAD, we get Vitamin D from exposure to the sun, St. John’s Wort ups our ability to receive from the sun, St. John’s Wort is known as an effective antidepressant. I’ve written a bit about this same increased photo-sensitivity affect before concerning antidepressant citrus essential oils. Herbs are magical. Here’s some scientific proof:

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) St. John’s wort (SJW; Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) aerial parts are a popular treatment for depression, and many countries in Europe prescribe SJW for that purpose. According to the authors, SJW has been well researched; however, the results are conflicting. The last large published meta-analysis was conducted in 2008, and […]

via Meta-analysis Finds Standardized St. John’s Wort Extracts as Effective as Conventional Antidepressants — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

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Labels

There’s been a lot of talk about labeling around Washington these last couple of months because of a bill to identify GMO’s on food products. They are still counting the results as far as I know, but it got me thinking about labels in general. The other week I spent a few days feeling pretty bad~ dragging, tired, slightly depressed for no apparent reason~ I thought I was maybe coming down with something, but after about 3 or 4 days I happened to look at my bag of coffee that I was whipping through especially quickly in order to find some cheap energy, and low and behold, can you find the offending word?

Imposter Decaf. Seriously coffee packaging people, make the word ‘decaf’ obvious for heaven’s sake. Maybe a red warning label or wallpapered all over the bag…something. I usually shop in a hurry and what I saw was Organic, Italian, ground (and yes, I buy it ground to save myself some time because trust me, I go through bags of it quickly enough that it isn’t going to go stale on me.) Of course when I did actually finally see that dreaded ‘d’ word I had to laugh out loud which is something I don’t normally do when I’m home alone. I then went and got a triple Americano and felt like I’d just kicked a bad virus plus an episode of depression all in one sip. Here’s another label to make one think…

Can you parse out the food vs. the non-food? I was looking for corn tortillas and was surprised, to say the least, by all the added ingredients. Trader Joe’s has some that are made with simple, real food ingredients. They do have to be used within a few days but I’d rather use my freezer as a preservative than three different kinds of acids. You know when people say that some people, especially kids, react to preservatives and artificial sweeteners and colors and scents? This is what they are talking about. Those other labels come to mind, ADD, ADHD, Autistic, all those things kids are labeled who are also known to be more sensitive to additives in food. By the way, these tortillas are not ones I found at Trader Joe’s, but instead at a regular grocery store. Who knew labels could be so fascinating?