So last week, my wife was all PSMee and I was all stressed out with no hormonal excuse whatsoever (just general, all-purpose neurosis, I guess) so I found myself modifying our daily smoothies specifically for mood healing, calming and upliftment. Here's what I did: To your usual smoothie ingredients, add a fistful of Prozac capsules, half a bottle of Valium and two tumblers of your favorite vodka, chilled. Blend.
Kidding! I kid because I love! Seriously though, here it is:
The base was a young Thai coconut, and I added another tablespoon of raw, virgin coconut oil. WHY? The medium chain triglycerides burn nice for good, clear energy, and raw coconut oil has been shown to tonify the thyroid.
I added Whey Protein from Premier Research Labs (also called Quantum Nutrition Labs); an exquisitely clean, organic product, dried at low temperatures to preserve enzymes and delicate proteins. WHY? The more stressed we are, the more protein we need. Its effect can be "grounding" or "anesthetizing," depending upon who you to talk to.
I added 2 heaping tablespoons (remember, this is a smoothie for two), of maca. WHY? Maca is an adaptogen, which means it brings us toward homeostasis. It also harmonizes and tonifies the hormones in general.
I added an avocado, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds. WHY? EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) have been shown, in oodles of research, to lift mood and ease mild to medium depression. They are also crucial to hormone health (the body makes its hormones out of fats).
I added Premier Research Labs' Max Stress Nano B, a super absorbable, amazing B complex. WHY? B for stress, big time.
I tossed in some Himalayan Sea Salt: WHY? The adrenal glands absolutely need good salt (with its full mineral complex).
I threw in some Premier Research Labs Nutritional Flakes: WHY? More good B vitamins and more protein, too.
I added 3 raw egg yolks: WHY? The choline in egg yolks is vital for neurotransmitter function. Plus, as mentioned, EFAs and protein.
I stuffed tons-o'greens in: WHY? Greens are full of magnesium (among other things, calcium, iron, chlorophyll, etc.), and magnesium has always been known as the CALMING mineral.
Lastly, against my better judgment, I threw in 2,000 mg of L-Tyrosine, 1,000 mg of L-Phenylalanine and 1,000 mg of L-Glutamine. These are amino acids known to improve moods and fight depression and anxiety (usually, I'm not into supplements that are "fragments" and "isolates" like these, but I made an exception).
Actually, believe it or not, there was other stuff in there, too, but this post is getting awful long.
So, did it work? I have no idea! We both felt saner and happier by the evening, but that could also have been the power of placebo. Or any number of things. But I'll bet over time, these bad boys (the smoothies) would perk up just about anybody's mood to the point of obnoxiousness!
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