If you’re feeling down right now, here’s a list of simple things you can try that may help boost your mood. Follow your intuition and choose one or two that speak to you. Be sure to keep a list of what makes you feel better so you can reach for it next time you are feeling low.
- Epsom salt bath: Add about a cup of epsom salts and your favorite essential oil to a hot bath and stay in it until the water cools. Epsom salts are a great source of magnesium, and you will absorb this needed mineral transdermally. More than 90% of people are deficient in magnesium, which regulates many important systems in our bodies, including mood. For more info on the importance of magnesium, visit http://www.gotmag.org.
- Go outside: Much like magnesium, Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating mood. The best way to get Vitamin D is directly from the sun. To get the best effects, don’t use sunscreen (but do protect your face by wearing a hat.) Stay in the sun for 10-15 minutes and notice how you feel afterwards. While you’re outside, take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass, or lie on the earth. This process is called “grounding” or “earthing” and is known to boost health as your body absorbs the earth’s electromagnetic energy.
- Drink 2 large glasses of good quality water: This will help flush toxins from your system. About half of the population has the MTHFR genetic abnormality and because of this, they can’t efficiently eliminate toxins. You can find out if you have MTHFR by ordering the 23andme saliva test in the mail.
- Take vitamin C: This important vitamin helps with immunity and helps detoxify your liver. You can safely 1,000-5,000 mg a day or more, as it is water soluble. If you reach bowel tolerance, you should reduce the dosage.
- Jumping jacks or trampoline: If you have the energy, try doing jumping jacks or jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes. This will help stimulate your lymph system, where many toxins are stored. If you do this, be sure to drink lots of water to flush any dislodged toxins from your system.
- Sauna: If you have access to a sauna, this is an excellent way to get rid toxins out of your body via your largest elimination organ, your skin. You can also use a dry brush before beforehand to open up pores. If you have acne or skin eruptions, this is an indicator that you have stored toxins, an need to get them out.
- Drink some fresh pressed vegetable juice. If you don’t have the energy to do this yourself, go to a juice bar and order one or more of the following: carrots, beets, cucumber, celery, ginger, apples. This will get valuable nutrients directly into your bloodstream rapidly, and will give you an immediate energy boost.
- Take the right amino acid: Taking a targeted specific amino acid that is right for you can often boost your mood or lower your anxiety in a matter of minutes. If you’re not sure which is the right one for you, contact me and I can help you determine which may work for you.